At San Quentin, merchant seaman Burt Stokes comes forward as a witness to tell the Warden that Riley Morgan, convicted murderer, did not kill Martin Kendall. Morgan is paroled but is not paid for his improper imprisonment by the state. Stokes via a note left in her son Jimmie's schoolbooks also offers information on the crime to Morgan's wife Lorraine, requesting $5,000 to help rehabilitate Morgan. Bill Worth, a freelance writer, is working with Stokes on the story, including Lorraine's hidden past. At the same time he is reporting to Lorraine's brother-in-law who is a vice-president of the company Martin left to Lorraine. Lorraine contacts Perry Mason about a manuscript she received that distorts the details. Not sure Lorraine will pay him, Stokes also hits up Lorraine's brother who does pay. Morgan calls it quits with Stokes when he senses Stokes is trying to blackmail others. Lorraine arranges to meet Stokes in a public park. Later Perry and Paul Drake find Stokes dead, and ... Written by
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The Dean Harens character, Riley Morgan, appears in the closing credits as "Morgan Riley". See more
Come in, Mr. Stokes. It, uh, it is Mr. Stokes?
Yes, sir. Merchant Marine.
Sit down, if you like.