Coming in at an economical 44 minutes (and costing an economical 3700 pounds), Star Reporter was one of several collaborations between director Michael Powell and acclaimed mystery writer Philip MacDonald. A sly character named Mandel (Garry Marsh) persuades Lord Longbourne (Spencer Trevor) to participate in an insurance scam: Mandel will abscond with a precious diamond belonging to Longbourne's daughter, Lady Susan Loman )Isla Bevan), and Longbourne can cash in on the insurance money. Things go awry when Lady Loman's chauffeur, Major Starr (Harold French), foils their efforts and Mandel is killed in a fall from a rooftop. Starr, who it turns out is the star reporter of the title, then proposes to Lady Loman, who accepts.
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