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directed by John Harlow

UK 1943


David Farrar stars as an intrepid reporter in this 1940s British crime drama. Fleet Street reporter Brooks (Farrar) is sent by his editor Ellington (John Stuart) to investigate a story involving a woman who is said to have witnessed a recent murder. But, unbeknownst to Ellington, his wife Margaret (Antoinette Cellier) is involved and she has also been having an affair with Paul Grayson (Anthony Hawtrey). With so much deception afoot, it is up to Brooks to solve the murder mystery.


Appearing several years before his career-defining role in Black Narcissus, David Farrar plays a Fleet Street reporter who discovers an uncomfortable truth when he sets out to unravel a murder mystery. Anne Crawford, William Hartnell and silent-era idol John Stuart also feature among the top-line cast of this gripping wartime thriller featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Ellington, a keen editor and newspaperman, has been neglecting his wife for his work; she, irked by her husband's selfish behaviour, has been carrying on a mild flirtation with man-about-town Paul Grayson a flirtation which turns to murder. Ellington, smelling a story and not knowing of his wife's involvement, sends his ace reporter Brookie out to discover the truth...


Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1943


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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 1:12:42 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.6 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Image Gallery

DVD Release Date: February 29th, 2016
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10



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Headline is an excellent, investigative crime drama. I was impressed with the cinematography of journeyman Geoffrey Faithfull (The Terrornauts) with almost 200 films to his credit. David Farrar is his usual - a bit smug - in this early role.

Another competent and watchable, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. The film is a rare bird and I was thankful to see it - and the image quality is decent enough with a few speckles, but generally consistent and very watchable. Audio is similar. There are no subtitles on the region 2 disc.

Extras consist of only an image gallery which is a shame as the film is deserved of some discussion.

Headline was a very pleasant surprise and it's something I would watch again. Certainly worthwhile at the right price.

  - Gary Tooze


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