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Thieves Fall Out

Thieves Fall Out(1941)

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Eddie Barnes works for his father Rodney, the owner of the Barnes Slumber Accessories Company. Eddie is in love with Mary Matthews, the daughter of Barnes's competitor, Charles Matthews, but does not earn enough money to marry her. After Rodney turns down his request for a raise, Eddie fears that Mary will be persuaded to marry successful car salesman George Formsby, the man her parents prefer. Eddie's grandmother, Emma Allen, reminds him that after his mother's death, he will inherit a legacy left to him by his grandfather and encourages him to sell the legacy in order to obtain enough money to go into business for himself. For this purpose, Eddie approaches David Tipton, who, afraid that Eddie might predecease his mother, is reluctant to buy the inheritance. Finally, he agrees to the purchase, provided that Eddie marry and start a family in the next sixty days. Eddie puts a down payment on a coil springs business, and that night, with Grandma's help, Eddie and Mary elope. Faced with the reality of the marriage, the Barneses agree to let Eddie and Mary live with them, but the Matthewses insist that if Eddie has not made good within sixty days, Mary must return home. Keeping the terms of the legacy sale in mind, Eddie waits fruitlessly for signs that Mary is pregnant. At the last minute, Grandma mistakenly believes that Mary is pregnant when she sees her making baby clothes and the sale goes through. After Eddie buys the coil springs factory, he learns that the factory's price was low because the previous owner was unable to fill a government order for truck springs without an expensive retooling job. When Eddie discovers that several other outstanding jobs were bid under cost, he decides to bill the clients at full cost and use the additional money to complete the government order. In the meantime, Tipton calls on Eddie at home to inform him that he has turned over Eddie's legacy to gangster Chick Collins. Ella, Eddie's mother, believes that Collins will now kill her in order to collect on the inheritance. Eddie also learns that Mary is not pregnant, but was making baby clothes for a friend. Then Matthews and Rodney find out that Eddie is the new owner of the coil factory. Both men are angry at Eddie for raising his bid and, believing that Eddie only married her to sell the legacy, Mary leaves him. When Collins makes veiled threats against Ella's life and offers to sell the legacy back to Eddie, Grandma hatches a plot. She pretends to have been hit by Collins' car. Mistaking Grandma for Ella, Collins puts her in his car and drives to his office, followed by Eddie and Mary, who has returned for her clothes. At the office, Grandma reveals to Collins that she is Eddie's grandmother and threatens to accuse him of kidnapping her if he does not return Eddie's legacy. Meanwhile, Eddie has learned that the government has changed its order from truck springs to bed springs and there is no longer any need to retool the factory. Now that the legacy has been returned and Eddie's success in business is assured, he and Mary are reconciled.