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Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case

Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case(1941)

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Assistant District Attorney P. Cadwallader Jones is engaged to ambitious newspaper reporter Terry Parker, who, despite Jones's objections, will not agree to give up her career after their marriage. On the way to their wedding, Jones and Terry visit the office of Elliott Carter, the publisher of a society gossip magazine, and discover that he has been stabbed to death. Suspicion immediately falls upon Andrew Belmont, whom witnesses had seen arguing with Carter shortly before his death. Later, it is revealed that Belmont's wife Joyce, an actress, had been planning to run away with the wealthy Carter. Belmont is arrested for the crime, but Terry, covering the subsequent trial for her paper, steadfastly believes in his innocence. When Jones learns that Terry has tricked a bailiff into giving her the verdict in advance of its announcement, he arranges to have the wrong verdict delivered to her. The jury finds Belmont guilty, and Terry is fired for her inside "scoop" reporting that the accused would be set free. Terry and Jones make wedding plans, but after Terry discovers that Jones schemed to get her fired, she breaks off the engagement. Her belief in Belmont's innocence unshaken, Terry decides to investigate the case on her own, and visits a printer with inside knowledge of the crime. She soon discovers that he too has been murdered, but the body mysteriously disappears before Jones arrives with the police, leading everyone to believe that Terry has lied to get even with Jones. Next, Joyce, who is appearing in a musical comedy, is shot onstage with an arrow. Young Vincent Mackay, a chorus boy who performs trick archery in the show, is suspected, but is able to prove to Terry that he is innocent. Acting on a hunch and a clue involving indelible printer's ink, Terry is close to solving the murders when she and Vincent are kidnapped by the murderer, Carter's partner, Charley Towne, who killed all three victims as part of an elaborate blackmail plot. Jones chases Towne, who has locked Terry and Vincent in the back of an ambulance, and Terry and Jones end up careening down a steep hill on a stretcher. Towne is captured, and Terry finally consents to marry Jones.