Jane Arden first appeared as a comic strip in 1928. Back then women reporters were often referred to as "sob sisters" but Jane Arden paved the way for being as hard hitting as any man - she was more interested in putting crooks out of action. Rather like Brenda Starr, except Jane was the original. She was given her own radio show in 1937 which lasted a couple of years, then came the movie. Ed Towers (William Gargan) newspaper editor, is sick of the front page always being filled with the exploits of dizzy socialite Martha Blanton (Maris Wrixon) but Jane is sure there is a story there somewhere as the Blanton family "haven't got a dime" yet Martha always finds money for cruises and trips. There is something fishy going on - jewel smuggling and Martha now demands out but is killed before she can get very far along the dusty, lonely road.
Jane has already worked out what is happening and like all good reporters goes undercover as a pretty socialite down on her luck who is not concerned how she makes her money. She is soon on her way to Bermuda to pick up some jewels to smuggle back to the States. On board the ship she meets the charming Dr. Vander (James Stevenson) and his "patient" Lola (Peggy Shannon). By the end of the voyage there has been an attempted kidnapping (of Ed) and a chase in the night where several people fall off their horse wagons (Lola for one)!!!
The movie was nothing to get excited about but another new talent appearing, Maris Wrixon, proved to have a more enduring career (only just) than Towne!!!