The LikeTelevision Movie channel proudly presents Nothing Sacred - a romantic comedy starring Carole Lombard and Frederic March. NYC newspaper reporter Wallace Cook tries to redeem himself after a hoax blows up by covering the story of Hazel Flagg, a Vermont girl dying of radium poisoning. (yes, it's fake news!) But the truth is, she's perfectly healthy. BTW - this 1937 movie in Technicolor features Margaret Hamilton in a short scene, (2 years later she gets a huge role, also in color as The Wicked Witch of The West The Wizard of Oz.) Warning: contains idiotic racial stereotyping typical of the period. Our apologies, it is presented as a piece of history.
Directed by - William Wellman
(1937) - Color - 74 min
Learn more about Carole Lombard - In 1937, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in My Man Godfrey with William Powell. On March 29, 1939 she marries Clark Gable. Then on January 16, 1942, she dies tragically in a plane crash while working for Uncle Sam in U.S. Bond Rallys around the country. The crash in Nevada kills all 22 passengers including Carole's mother.
A hoax is uncovered and Wallace Cook (Frederic March), ace reporter with The Metropolitan brings shame upon himself and the paper. He tries to redeem himself with his angry editor, Oliver Stone (Walter Connolly) by covering the story of Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard), a young woman dying of radium poisoning, for which there is no cure.
Starring Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg
With a cool scene featuring Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz
Wallace Cook heads to Vermont to find Hazel and get the story. When he gets there he meets The Wicked Witch of The West, a.k.a. Margaret Hamilton, who runs the drug store. Everyone in the small town gives him a hard time as they are not fond of sensationalist journalism. He meets Dr. Enoch Downer (Charles Winninger), who is treating poor Hazel Flagg. The newspaper pays to fly her to NYC, where she is a champion for the people of the city.
Walter Connolly as Oliver Stone
Hazel Flagg's popularity soars as she gets the keys to the city from the mayor, goes to fancy restaurants, clubs and galas around NYC. At one of the parties, she drinks too much and has a serious hangover. Meanwhile, Wallace has arranged for some doctors from Europe to come by and examine her. Hazel worries that they will figure out she is perfectly healthy - so she decides to throw herself into the river. (But Dr. Downer will wait for her in a rowboat).
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Frederic March as Wallace Cook
Hazel heads out to commit her phony suicide and leaves a note, which is found by a man from the newspaper delivering flowers. He calls the editor and gets everyone looking for Hazel, including Wallace. Just before she jumps - Wallace calls out and saves her, but stumbles as both fall into the water. They have a heart to heart talk inside a packing crate by the pier until a fireman asks if everything's okay. Hazel and Wallace take a ride back to the apartment only to find that the doctors are there to examine her. She's caught!
The doctors report to Oliver Stone that Hazel is a phony. Stone tells Wallace and they try to contact Hazel on the phone. Wallace heads over to the apartment and tries to get her worked up in a sweat to appear sick. She chases him around the bedroom trying to punch him one. Finally, Wallace punches her on the chin. Unfortunately, Stone saw the whole thing behind a curtain. When Hazel learns the charade was all for nought - she punches Wallace on the chin.
Starring Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg
Hazel returns to her swank apartment - but some real doctors are coming over to check her out. Will she tell them she's a fake? Will the people who "believe" in Hazel and have invested money give up? Or will they continue to milk the sensationalism and tell her to get lost. Watch the conclusion and see for yourself!
Charles Winninger as Dr. Enoch Downer