Cast & Crew
Bob Sanderson, an unemployed engineer, is in love with Edith Stuart, daughter of G. Gregory Stuart, the boss of the Great Western Telegraph Co. Edith persuades Bob to overcome his reluctance to ask her father for a job, and he accepts the position of messenger boy, which pays twenty dollars per week. After a month of hard work, Stuart calls Bob in and offers him a job as commercial contact. Sensing it is simply to ensure that Edith has support, Bob rejects the offer, and although angered, Stuart respects Bob for his decision. Meanwhile, Stuart's secretary, Ralph Gurney, is pressured by gangsters Hawsley and Spud to pay off his $5,000 gambling debt. Stuart rejects Ralph's request for an advance, since he disapproves of his gambling habit. Ralph comes up with a plan to help himself and Edith as well. He suggests to Edith that they fake her own kidnapping in order to cause Stuart to recognize Bob's worth and provide him with the money. However, when Edith is kidnapped by Hawsley and Spud she becomes afraid, grabs Hawsley's gun and shoots him. Unaware of the ruse, Bob arrives at the club according to Ralph and Edith's plan. He sees a car leave and finds Hawsley's body, but when the police arrive, the corpse has disappeared, and the caretaker claims that Bob imagined it all. The next day, Edith confesses her predicament to her father, who consults Ralph. Bob meanwhile realizes the entire incident was a hoax: In having his apparently blood-soaked clothes cleaned, he learned it was only red ink. When Bob, Edith, the police and newspaper reporter Presto Mullins arrive at the club, a search reveals Hawsley's corpse in the dumbwaiter. Stuart is about to pay off Ralph and Spud, who want $50,000 for their silence, when Bob calls to tell him the news. Bob and the police rush to the Stuart home and arrive in time to hear Ralph confess to Hawsley's murder. A chase to the airport ensues, in which Bob jumps on the wing of the waiting aircraft to prevent Ralph's escape. Afterwards Stuart consents to the couple's marriage and gives Bob the position he wants and a $4,000 salary that will force his spoiled daughter to change her expensive taste.
Edward Le Saint
George Offerman Jr.
Albert J. Smith
The working title of this film was Night Wire. The Variety review notes that Joan Perry made her debut in a lead role in this film, after having been a photographer's model in New York.