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SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 Jun 39
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jun 39
p. 42.
New York Times
12 Jun 39
p. 14.
Variety
14 Jun 39
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
John Tyrell
Lorna Gray
Joe Palma
Chuck Hamilton
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eng
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 May 1939
Production Date:
22 February--9 Nar 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
25 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8804
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5249
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Josie Lamonte leaves home with dreams of establishing a career as an actress. Through a talent agency controlled by Lucky Rogers, a nightclub owner and racketeer, she gets a job as a nightclub hostess at Lucky's club, where she discovers that the hostess racket is just a cover for white slave traffic. When Josie quits and threatens to expose Lucky to the police, Lucky orders her to be killed. After her body is fished out of the river, radio crime columnist Wally King broadcasts an editorial about the police department's inability to solve the series of nightclub hostess murders that have been plaguing the city, and as a result, the police give Wally carte blanche to solve the case. When Josie's sister Kay Roberts brings Wally a letter from Josie indicating that she feared for her life, Wally realizes that he must infiltrate the hostess racket in order to uncover the truth. Wally persuades a group of chorus girls to whom he has given a break to apply for jobs at the club, and Kay takes the job of hat check girl, where she learns the location of a girl who has been beaten by Lucky. After persuading the girl to tell all she knows, Wally goes to Lucky's club and interrupts one of Lucky's disciplinary sessions. Lucky decides to kill the columnist, but first admits to Josie's murder. Captain McGraw of the police department overhears the confession and arrests Lucky. Anxious to round up the rest of Lucky's organization, Wally invites them all to a banquet, where police officers posing as waiters disarm and arrest the ... +


Josie Lamonte leaves home with dreams of establishing a career as an actress. Through a talent agency controlled by Lucky Rogers, a nightclub owner and racketeer, she gets a job as a nightclub hostess at Lucky's club, where she discovers that the hostess racket is just a cover for white slave traffic. When Josie quits and threatens to expose Lucky to the police, Lucky orders her to be killed. After her body is fished out of the river, radio crime columnist Wally King broadcasts an editorial about the police department's inability to solve the series of nightclub hostess murders that have been plaguing the city, and as a result, the police give Wally carte blanche to solve the case. When Josie's sister Kay Roberts brings Wally a letter from Josie indicating that she feared for her life, Wally realizes that he must infiltrate the hostess racket in order to uncover the truth. Wally persuades a group of chorus girls to whom he has given a break to apply for jobs at the club, and Kay takes the job of hat check girl, where she learns the location of a girl who has been beaten by Lucky. After persuading the girl to tell all she knows, Wally goes to Lucky's club and interrupts one of Lucky's disciplinary sessions. Lucky decides to kill the columnist, but first admits to Josie's murder. Captain McGraw of the police department overhears the confession and arrests Lucky. Anxious to round up the rest of Lucky's organization, Wally invites them all to a banquet, where police officers posing as waiters disarm and arrest the racketeers. +

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