A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ...
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A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is killed before he can talk, but, with the help of a showgirl, the detective learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girl friend to enter college after she had stolen $40,000 from the night club where she worked. The detective eventually learns that the husband had killed his wife when he discovered her past in order to avoid a scandal, and had hired the detective to try and frame him for the killing.Written by
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The "missing" $40,000 would equate to about $447,000 in 2021. See more »
Bailey's client is referred to as Mr. Johnson. In the note he shows Bailey, his name is Johnston. See more »
[after trying to elude him, deciding to approach the man on the street she has noticed has been clandestinely watching her]
I'd like to know the reason why you're following me.
Would I need a reason?
You know, I'm beginning to think I might *possibly* have been mistaken about you. Perhaps it's your leer. It looks so genuine.
[with a mock lascivious tone in leering back at her]
Yes, I can see it is. Well, you'll have to excuse me. I'm going in here and try and lose you.
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This is quite a complex tale of murder, blackmail and impersonation. Wealthy Tom Powers ("Johnston") hires private investigator Franchot Tone ("Bailey") to investigate his wife. The digging reveals she had rather an unsavoury past as a dancer who hooked up with an actor and had pinched $40k from her old employers. She turns up dead under Malibu pier and Tone is soon prime suspect for Robert Barrat's "Lt. Quint". It moves along efficiently, with plenty of twists and turns and the support from the two ladies Janet Blair and Janis Carter as well as from John Ireland and a very brief appearance by Raymond Burr keep this drama running well - except, that is, for Tone. He is dreadful - a good looking man with all the charisma of a cheese plant; and virtually no natural abilities with the camera at all. It is also far too long - could have lost 20 minutes without detracting from the plot in any meaningful way. Worth a watch, though.
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