Exclusive (film)

Exclusive is a 1937 American drama film directed by Alexander Hall and written by Jack Moffitt, Sidney Salkow and Rian James. The film stars Fred MacMurray, Frances Farmer, Charlie Ruggles, Lloyd Nolan, Fay Holden and Ralph Morgan. The film was released on August 6, 1937, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byBenjamin Glazer
Screenplay byJack Moffitt
Sidney Salkow
Rian James
StarringFred MacMurray
Frances Farmer
Charlie Ruggles
Lloyd Nolan
Fay Holden
Ralph Morgan
Music byJohn Leipold
Milan Roder
CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 6, 1937 (1937-08-06)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


Cleared of a crime, gangster Charles Gillette seeks vengeance against Mountain City townspeople who sought to put him behind bars, including Colonel Bogardus, owner of an influential newspaper. Gillette buys the Sentinel, rival to the World, and tries to hire star reporter Ralph Houston to be his editor, but Ralph declines.

Gillette then uses Ralph's girlfriend, Vina Swain, to dig up dirt on his enemies. A story on mayoral candidate Horace Mitchell smears his reputation and results in a suicide. Tod Swain, an editor at the World, chastises Vina for her poor judgment. Gillette then sets out to ruin a department store owner by having henchman Beak McArdle arrange an elevator accident that causes deaths as well as serious injury to Ralph.

Vina's own life is in peril when Gillette then orders McArdle to murder her so she can never tell what she knows. Tod helps her return safely, then tricks Gillette into a confession about the elevator accident. The Sentinel is sold to the town, with a recovered Ralph deciding to run it.



  1. "Exclusive - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  2. "Exclusive (1937) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-07-03.

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