This Man Is News (1938) 1h 3min · Comedy, Crime, Mystery · 1 September 1938
David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon Drake an interview, as Simon thinks he will probably be killed by other gang members, but Simon makes note of his address. Simon is fired by his city editor, MacGregor, for failing to cover another assignment and the editor says he would not believe Kier's murder if reported by Simon even if it happened. Simon returns home and is persuaded by his wife Pat to have a drink or two. The tipsy Simon, as a joke, telephones Sim and tells him that Kier has just been murdered, and the excited Sim hangs up before Simon can explain it is just a joke. But Kier has really been murdered and Inspector Holly learns from Sim that Simon had telephoned him with the news at 3:10 A.M., but knows that Kier was not murdered until 4:35 A.M. The Inspector also finds a recently-fired revolver in Simon's flat, and arrests him. Pat and a garage mechanic manage to provide an alibi for Simon at the time of the murder and he is released. But the next morning, Kier's son is also found murdered in Simon's flat. Then Sim is shot, non-fatally, while in Simon's presence. Simon is not only reporting news, he appears to the police to be the one also making it. - Written by Les Adams
Director(s): David MacDonald Cast: Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim
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