Cast & Crew
Following the instructions of police inspector J. J. Kirby, wealthy financier George Hartley meets blackmailer Steve Crawford and his wife Valerie at the Crystal Room, a fashionable nightclub, to deliver a payoff of $5,000 in marked bills. After collecting the money from Hartley at the bar, Crawford returns to his table. Seeing Kirby advance toward the table, Crawford hands the money to Valerie, who slips it into her salad bowl and then watches helplessly as the waiter carts the bowl off when he cleans the table. Kirby takes the Crawfords to headquarters for questioning, but unable to locate the money, he is forced to release them for lack of evidence. Rushing back to the Crystal Room, the Crawfords discover that the salad has been tossed into the trash and hurriedly load three garbage cans into their car, hoping to retrieve it. In their haste, however, they leave the can with the cash behind. The next morning, garbage truck driver Eddie Martin empties the can and finds the money. Eddie struggles with his conscience about returning the unexpected treasure and asks Joe, the club's porter, for advice. When Joe replies that "finders is keepers," Eddie pockets the cash, resigns from his job and buys two gowns for his girl friend Julie and a suit of evening clothes for himself. Later, as Julie glories in her new wardrobe, she notices a newspaper story about a recent bank robbery. Suspecting that her gowns may be the product of ill-gotten gains, Julie questions Eddie, who convinces her that he won the lottery and invites her to go dancing at the Crystal Room that evening. Failing to find the cash in the trash, the Crawfords, meanwhile, return to the club and tell Joe that Valerie lost her diamond ring the previous night. When Valerie explains that she thinks the ring may have fallen into her salad bowl and been discarded in the trash, Joe volunteers Eddie's name and address. Hovering in the background, Kirby overhears the conversation. By the time the Crawfords arrive at Eddie's boardinghouse, however, Julie and Eddie have already departed for the Crystal Room and they follow them there. As Kirby discreetly observes the proceedings at the Crystal Room, the Crawfords arrive and approach Eddie with an offer to buy some stock in a mine allegedly owned by Valerie. Excusing herself to powder her nose, Valerie meets Billie, the cigarette girl, who informs her that her newfound friends have been passing marked bills all night long. Immediately returning to the table, Valerie calls off the deal and, feigning a headache, lures her husband outside and tells him about the marked money. Undeterred, Crawford decides to acquire the money anyway, and asks Eddie to accompany him to his office to complete the deal. Once at the office, Crawford demands that Eddie hand over the cash. After Eddie refuses, a fight ensues and Eddie flees out the office door, only to be knocked out by Kirby. When Crawford bends to take the lucre from the unconscious Eddie, Kirby steps in and arrests him. After Eddie regains consciousness, Kirby escorts him back to the Crystal Room. where Julie is anxiously awaiting his return. Hartley is there, too, and upon hearing Kirby's tale, he writes Eddie a reward check in the amount of $5,000.
Day-dawn And Dusk
L. W. O'connell
The working titles of this film were Stepping Out and Tonight We Dance. Although the Variety review notes that several additional songs were performed in this picture, neither their titles nor composers have been determined.