I do not host or maintain any of these online films myself; these pages just link to publicly available trailers, clips and full-length films at YouTube and Vimeo. If full-length films are posted without authorization, the links will be disabled after the service determines there is a problem.
The Front Page (1931)
Five Star Final (1931 trailer)
Blessed Event (1932 trailer & preview)
Lee Tracy, the original Hildy Johnson on Broadway, plays a scrappy, manipulative Winchell-inspired gossip columnist. (With Dick Powell as radio star in a feud similar to Winchell’s with Ben Bernie; see “Wake Up & Live.”)
Dr. X (1932 trailer)
Lee Tracy again, as a reporter investigating mysterious deaths in this horror/comedy classic. He ducks into a house of prostitution to borrow the phone, impersonates a corpse to get “undercover” information at the moegue, romances the same actress that King Kong had a crush on (Fay Wray), and otherwise proves a model of modern journalism technique, Hollywood style.
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933 trailer)
Glenda Farrell is a reporter, and we meet her just as she’s being fired, “unless you get a story for the next edition.” She does — a corpse stolen from the morgue in the middle of a murder investigation. And her editor looks like one of the guys from the newsroom in Front Page. But Glenda also had plenty of stories ahead, with the “Torchy Blaine” series a few years in her future. Heroine Fay Wray had her last encounter with a newsman in “Doctor X.”
I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
Ethics: Can he have the girl and the story too?
A Shriek in the Night (1933)
Bombshell (1933, clip)
Lee Tracy one more time, follows the evolution of a newspaper career, playing a press agent.
It Happened One Night (1934, trailer)
Clark Gable, fired by his paper, takes off after a runaway heiress, who might turn into a story or a romance. Journalism ethics lessons? (The full-length film also has been on YouTube, but may disappear as a copyright violation.)