Cast & Crew
Ace Chicago reporter Lawrence Doyle is congratulated by his tough editor, Ellwyn A. Jonas, and envious colleagues Dunn, Weeks and Whalen, for work on the Upshaw murder case. After he takes out his pals with his bonus pay, Larry gets drunk and is fired by Jonas. Waking up on a train to St. Louis, Larry attaches himself to Anne, who is also alone and broke. Although he talks their way into the honeymoon suite of a fancy hotel, their relationship remains strictly platonic. Marvin, the manager of the local paper, rejects Larry's request for a job after he telephones Jonas for references. When Larry wires Jonas for money, he refuses, but Dunn, Weeks and Whalen send their friend fifty dollars. With the money, Larry and Anne go gambling at a nightclub. As they are leaving, Larry sees a robbery and shoot-out and takes the place of the crooks' getaway driver, who is killed. After Anne and Larry hide the robbery money in their hotel room, Larry offers the scoop to Marvin, who hires him. The police then find that the gun used in the crime used to belong to Larry, who had pawned it. Because he is now implicated in the crime, Larry returns to the pawnshop, and knocks out the owner Nate, but is in turn ambushed by the infamous local robber and murderer known as "The Eel." Anne then shoots The Eel, thereby saving Larry and earning the reward money, which will enable them to marry.
According to the Motion Picture Herald, review, Tate Finn was a pseudonym for an author whose actual experiences provided the basis for his story. Monogram remade the picture in 1942 as Man from Headquarters, directed by Jean Yarbrough, and starring Frank Albertson and Joan Woodbury.