Sunday, 7 September 2008

(1940 - Music by Max Steiner)


Directed by William Dieterle

Starring Edward G. Robinson as Paul Julius Reuter

A Dispatch from Reuters (1940) tells the story of this man, a German-born British immigrant who wanted to "make the world a little smaller." He started his business in 1850, using carrier pigeons to fly stock prices between Aachen and Brussels. Two years later he had opened an office in London to transmit stock quotations between London and Paris via a new underwater cable. Eventually he was gathering information by means of a large telegraph network and feeding news to the London papers. All the while he built a reputation for speed and accuracy. It was an astounding achievement to relay a major speech by French Emperor Napoleon III (Louis Napoleon, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) as it was being delivered. Later, he scooped Europe with news of Lincoln's assassination.

Technical Data: Reel Tape N.198b {19 minutes}

Music Composed by Max Steiner
Orchestrations Arranged by Hugo Friedhofer
Music Supervised by Leo F. Forbstein

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