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Police Lieutenant Steve McBride is in trouble with his superiors because they suspect him of leaking police information to his fiancée, crack reporter Torchy Blane. During the course of an argument, Torchy and Steve agree that they will not exchange information about police cases in the future. When Bon Ton department store heir Marvin Spencer is found murdered, however, Torchy stops at nothing to scoop the other papers. She sneaks a look at the diary that Gahagan, Steve's driver, keeps locked in his glove compartment, and the clues she finds there lead her to Louisa Revelle, the woman who was with Spencer the night he was stabbed. Louisa admits to Torchy that millionaire Maitland Greer was also present that night, and although she is upset when Greer is charged with murder, Louisa will say nothing more. Always one step ahead of the police, Torchy eavesdrops on the jury room, overhears their decision to declare Greer guilty, and breaks the story in an extra edition of the Star before the verdict is announced in court. Furious, the judge sentences her to jail for contempt. Visiting her a few days later, Steve tells her that after the verdict was announced, Louisa broke down and confessed that she stabbed Spencer when he treatened to shoot Greer, her new lover. Steve adds that it seems like a case of self-defense and speculates that both Louisa and Greer will be cleared. Torchy is pleased that things will work out, but is disappointed that for once, her paper didn't break the story. Then Steve admits that he gave the story to the Star before the other papers, and once again Torchy scoops them all.