The Story on Page One (film)

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The Story On Page One
The Story on Page One FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Clifford Odets
Produced by Jerry Wald
Written by Clifford Odets
Starring Rita Hayworth
Anthony Franciosa
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Hugh S. Fowler
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
December 1959 (premiere)
  • January 13, 1960 (1960-01-13) (New York City)
Running time
123 mins.
118 mins. (FMC Library Print)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,748,000[1]

The Story on Page One is a 1959 American drama film written and directed by Clifford Odets, and starring Rita Hayworth, Anthony Franciosa, and Gig Young. Shot in CinemaScope, the film was distributed by 20th Century Fox.[2]


After her marriage turns loveless and dull, Josephine "Jo" Morris (Hayworth) finds comfort and company with Larry Ellis (Young), a widower. The two soon begin an affair. After Larry accidentally kills Jo's husband during a struggle over a gun, the two are tried for his murder.

Victor Santini is hired to defend Jo by her mother. The lawyer hears her story, of how Mike Morris, her husband, drank and became abusive to her, and how Larry's domineering mother, Mrs. Ellis, resented the affair and demanded that Jo stop seeing her son.

In court, prosecuting attorney Phil Stanley stresses how Jo first told police a prowler had killed her husband until a cufflink belonging to Larry was found at the scene of the crime. Santini uses all his skills to gain a verdict of not guilty, after which, as Jo and Larry are about to leave the courtroom together, Mrs. Ellis calls her son a murderer.


Actor Role
Rita Hayworth Josephine Brown Morris
Anthony Franciosa Victor Santini
Gig Young Larry Ellis
Mildred Dunnock Mrs. Ellis
Hugh Griffith Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner Phil Stanley
Robert Burton District Attorney Nordeau
Alfred Ryder Lt. Mike Morris
Raymond Greenleaf Judge Carey
Katherine Squire Mrs. Hattie Brown
Myrna Fahey Alice
Leo Penn Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate Officer Francis Morris
Dana Andrews Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (voice)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
  2. ^ Blum, Daniel (1961). Daniel Blum's Screen World. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 13. ISBN 0-819-60302-3. 

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