Park Row ★★★★

Gene Evans, a heavy drinking newspaperman, swears off liquor when he finds a backer for his newspaper, The Globe. Evans is opposed by Mary Welch, the owner of The Star, the leading paper in New York. In her zeal to crush the Globe, Welch allows thugs to go so far as to smash The Globe’s presses. Evans perseveres and makes his paper a success and wins Welch too.

Director Samuel Fuller created this film as a tribute to the birth of American tabloid journalism in the 1880s. The main set faithfully recreates the street, Park Row in New York City, on which most of the original tabloid newspapers were located. Star Gene Evans reportedly lost 30 lbs to become more acceptable in the romantic aspects of the plot.