This Man Is News

This Man is News is a 1938 British comedy mystery film directed by David MacDonald and starring Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim and Edward Lexy. The screenplay concerns a journalist who solves a crime of which he himself is suspected.[1] A "quota quickie", it was made for a mere £6,000, but "was among the highest grossing films of 1938".[2]

This Man is News
Directed byDavid MacDonald
Produced byAnthony Havelock-Allan
Written byBasil Dearden
Roger MacDougall
Allan MacKinnon
StarringBarry K. Barnes
Valerie Hobson
Alastair Sim
Edward Lexy
CinematographyHenry Harris
Edited byReginald Beck
Pinebrook Studios
Distributed byParamount British Pictures
Release date
September 1938
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was loosely modelled on the American Thin Man series of films. A sequel, This Man in Paris, was made in 1939.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film three out of five stars and wrote, "Though Barnes and Hobson may not quite be another William Powell and Myrna Loy, they handle the assignment with humor and great style. The film is directed with energy and the dialogue helps carry the brisk pace along. This is the first screenwriting credit for Basil Dearden, who would go on to do many stories, both serious and topical, in association with noted British producer and art director Michael Relph."[3]


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