A radio columnist is threatened by gangsters and later murdered during a broadcast. A detective sets out to find the killers.

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George Gaylord
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Miss Sally Oxford
Gail Patrick ...
Cornelia Burbank
Russell Hopton ...
Bill Hamilton
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Mr. Jerome Burbank
Vince Barnett ...
Tony
Leslie Fenton ...
Hugh Halliburton
Sheila Terry ...
Mrs. Pearl Reynolds
Paul Hurst ...
Denny O'Brien
DeWitt Jennings ...
Police Commissioner
Bradley Page ...
Ernie Paddock
Oscar Apfel ...
Mr. Nevin
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Joe Reynolds (as Jason Robards)
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Burnside
Arnold Gray ...
Percy Dale
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A radio columnist is threatened by gangsters and later murdered during a broadcast. A detective sets out to find the killers.

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A scandal sheet gets its biggest story ever...and its right on their own floor!
28 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The goings on of a depression era scandal sheet leads its star reporter (Jack La Rue) to notoriety, collecting many enemies. This leads to his pleading for his life behind locked doors, followed by a sudden gunshot. The Kolker gets away, and the evidence points to one of the victim's biggest subjects, socialite Gail Patrick, whose father (Berton Churchill) ends up on trial. With sexy Thelma Todd as La Eye's secretary, knowing all but saying little, leading to suspicions and accusations.

Having the potential of being a thrilling who done it, this just ends up being a very convoluted and messy mystery. There are plenty of angles explored, but what ultimately comes out in court is so outlandish and absurd that it goes down as one of the most bizarre conclusions of a murder mystery. At least this has a huge cast of character actor favorites. It also gives Gail Patrick a rare sympathetic role on which she adds much charm and grace. Todd is lovely, but after the murder takes place, she gets very little to do until the conclusion.


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