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'-30-' revisited

Speaking of "-30-," (see previous post) here's a still of Jack Webb and William Conrad that I dug out of the archives.



I'm especially fond of this picture. For many years, there was a huge enlargement of it by the Metro news desk.



For comparison, here's an undated photo of the Herald Examiner staff I borrowed from somebody's desk at The Times.  Newspaper lore held that "-30-" was filmed in the Examiner Building. Like many wonderful myths, it wasn't true. Research revealed that Webb built a duplicate of the newsroom on a sound stage.

Front row, from left: Paige Owens, Mary Braswell, Joe Eckdahl, Darce Infante,  Dave Barton, unknown.
Back row, from left: 1-3 unknown, Les Dunseith, unknown, Jeanne  Pedersen, Mike Castelvecchi, Cees Kendall,  Warren Wolfswinkel, Tim Lynch  and Arnold Paradise.

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Is -30- any good? Worth watching? What about the Cagney movie based on Jim Richardson, Come Fill The Cup? Have you seen it?

-- I wouldn't call "-30-" a great movie. I'm not sure I would even call it a good movie. It's a Jack Webb film that is to journalism what "Dragnet" is to the LAPD.

--To those of us who work in the newspaper business in L.A. it's a very amusing film, like a favorite but eccentric uncle. I can't imagine it would be all that interesting to anybody who hasn't worked at a newspaper.

--I've never seen the Cagney film. I did get the book years ago and read it, but I don't have much recollection of it at the moment. Which should tell you something.


Might that be Chris Gulker at the right end of the front row?

Front row, from left: Paige Owens, Mary Braswell, Joe Eckdahl, Darce Infante, Dave Barton, unknown.

unkown = pat mckean

he teaches journalism at Long Beach City College

he may be able to tell you who the other folks in the pic are


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