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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
Editing by Robert M. Leeds
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) 1959
Running time 96 min
Country United States USA
Language English

-30- (released as Deadline Midnight in the UK) is a 1959 movie starring William Conrad and Jack Webb as the editor and publisher, respectively, of a fictional Los Angeles evening newspaper. As the shift of a typical day starts, in which they don't know what will happen, the newspaper is created before our eyes as different stories are discovered and reported.



"-30-" has been used to signify "the end" or "over and out" since the Civil War when telegraphers tapped "XXX" to end transmissions. "XXX" is the Roman numeral for 30. How and when "XXX" transformed into "-30-" in modern printing usage is unclear. This notation is still used to indicate the end of a press release and can frequently be found in formal corporate documents posted on websites and delivered electronically or via print.



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