Scandal Sheet (1931 film)

Scandal Sheet is a 1931 American crime film directed by John Cromwell and written by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Vincent Lawrence and Max Marcin. The film stars George Bancroft, Kay Francis, Clive Brook, Regis Toomey, Lucien Littlefield, Gilbert Emery and Harry Beresford. The film was released on January 31, 1931, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Scandal Sheet
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Cromwell
Screenplay byOliver H.P. Garrett
Vincent Lawrence
Max Marcin
StarringGeorge Bancroft
Kay Francis
Clive Brook
Regis Toomey
Lucien Littlefield
Gilbert Emery
Harry Beresford
Music byKarl Hajos
W. Franke Harling
CinematographyDavid Abel
Edited byGeorge Nichols Jr.
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 31, 1931 (1931-01-31)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


Newspaper editor Mark Flint cares about only two things, reporting a big story, no matter whose life it adversely affects, and Edith, his wife. He is unaware that Edith, bored by him, has been having a romantic affair with Noel Adams, a banker.

Adams gives a 24-hour deadline to Edith to leave her husband or end the affair. He books passage on a steamship and packs his bags. But after a crisis develops that could ruin his bank, Flint finds out, confronts Adams and, seeing his luggage, mistakenly believes Adams is fleeing the country. He prints the story without giving Adams a chance to manage the crisis at the bank.

Although his journalistic coups please Franklin, the newspaper's owner, Flint is asked by Franklin if he would be willing to publish a photograph that would hurt a colleague. Flint says yes, whereupon Franklin shows him a picture of his wife and Adams together. An enraged Flint murders Adams, turns himself in and is sentenced to Sing Sing, where he ends up running the prison's newspaper.



  1. "Scandal-Sheet - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. "Scandal Sheet (1931) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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