When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man whose identity he doesn't ...
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Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.
When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man whose identity he doesn't know but who just happens to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this "killer" - George Stroud. It's up to George to continue to "help" Janoth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janoth's guilt. Written by
At the magazine staff meeting right after an investigator has visited Louise Patterson and gotten the name of "the blonde woman", the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the upper left of the chalkboard frame. See more »
Magazine editor Ray Milland has his non-stop working life pressed even further after he spends a drunken night partying with a gorgeous blonde; she's the mistress of publication czar Charles Laughton, Milland's boss--but when she winds up dead after a spat with her lover, somebody's gotta take the fall! Kenneth Fearing's novel (reworked in 1987 as "No Way Out") becomes cracking good thriller, full of eccentric characters, outré bits of business, acerbic humor, and a top cast doing first-rate work. The plot contrivance of getting devoted family man Milland involved with Rita Johnson can possibly be overlooked, as can Ray's staff at the crime magazine (who come up with clues and leads faster than Sherlock Holmes). Framing the story in flashback doesn't hurt, but one does get impatient with some of the implausibilities taken. Still, there's enough action in the picture to keep things tense, and enough funny, throwaway jabs to keep it enjoyable. **1/2 from ****
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