Private investigator Arthur West tracks down the drunk J. J. Stanley on skid row. He convinces him to make a phone call he records to Ned Bain about the two of them embezzling money from a bank. The statue of limitations on the crime are up but Bain could be sued civilly for the funds. His daughter Harriet Bain handles most of her ailing father's duties so she is summoned by West to hear the tape. She decides to contact Perry for help but he has other plans which Della persuades him to delay. Harriet is the less attractive of two daughters who is engaged to Addison Doyle. She is afraid this news will cause him to break the engagement. Perry is able to degauss a copy of the tape delaying West and allowing Paul to investigate. Ned Bain visits Stanley followed by an invitation by West for Perry and Harriet to meet him at West's apartment. Perry and Della arrive to find a note on the door and hear Harriet scream as she finds the body of Stanley in West's kitchen. West has recorded the ...
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Harriet Bain refers to her father's continuing heart condition as "acute"; the correct word is "chronic". See more
[Stanley, using the name Johnson, returns to his hotel
J. J. Stanley
My key, if you please.
Here you are, Johnson.
J. J. Stanley
Thank you. Good night.