Okay, America. 1932. USA. Directed by Tay Garnett
One of several films from the early 1930s based on the Broadway columnist Walter Winchell, Tay Garnett’s film offers Universal’s All Quiet on the Western Front star Lew Ayres as Larry Wayne, gossiper-in-chief of the New York Blade. Perceived as a more powerful figure than the President of the United States (Larry is called to Washington to help when the President’s daughter is kidnapped), he blithely takes on gangster Edward Arnold as his secretary (Maureen O’Sullivan) looks on lovingly. But this isn’t one of those sentimental Warner Bros. gangster films—it's another of Universal’s supremely cynical visions of American urban life, as Larry discovers in the final scene.