-30- (film)

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Film Poster
Directed by Jack Webb
Produced by Jack Webb
Written by William Bowers
Starring Jack Webb
William Conrad
Whitney Blake
Music by Ray Heindorf
Cinematography Edward Colman
Edited by Robert M. Leeds
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

-30- (released as Deadline Midnight in the UK) is a 1959 film starring Jack Webb and William Conrad as night managing editor and night city editor, respectively, of a fictional Los Angeles newspaper, loosely based on the real-life (and now-defunct) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.[1]


Managing Editor Sam Gatlin arrives in the afternoon and leaves early the next morning, having put together a morning newspaper for Los Angeles. During the active day in the life of a big city newspaper, Sam and his wife Peggy argue about adopting a child named Billy. A reporter's grandson pilots a military plane from Honolulu to New York. A child is lost in the LA sewers (Gatlin composes a warning headline with picture: "Children Stay Out of These"). And copy boy Earl Collins considers quitting after failing to properly deliver a bet by city editor Jim Bathgate on the sex of children being born to a famous actress. A downpour is occurring during basically the whole movie.


"-30-" is used to signify "the end" or "over and out". It has obscure and unclear origins, but is traditional in the journalism field and is still used to indicate the end of transmitted news stories and press releases and can frequently be found in formal corporate documents posted on websites and delivered electronically or via print.


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