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Newspaper reporter Torchy Blane is handed a telegram, which she reads before realizing it actually was sent to Theresa Gray, the woman sitting next to her on the train. Torchy's telegram, when she gets it, is from policeman Steve McBride, announcing that he will have a minister waiting to marry them when her train arrives. Worried that her marriage to Steve will put Torchy ahead in covering the police beat, several reporters decide to play a practical joke on her and postpone her wedding at the same time. The reporters hire an actor to play dead and phone Steve with the news. They hope that Torchy will report the death and that a second paper owned by publisher Mortimer Gray will embarrass her by printing the truth. Then, Harvey Hammond, the actor, is actually murdered, and Torchy beats the other reporters to the story as usual. The suspects in his death are Grace Brown, an actress in Hammond's company; her boyfriend Hugo Brand; Mrs. Jenny Hammond, who was jealous of Hammond's love for Grace; and Theresa Gray, Hammond's discarded lover. Torchy frames Theresa for the murder in order to force a confession from publisher Gray, her husband. Gray, who knew about the proposed joke, was jealous of his wife's relationship with Hammond and seized the opportunity to kill him. He now confesses before taking poison. Cleared of any suspicion, Hugo and Grace are married by Torchy's waiting magistrate, and Torchy and Steve postpone their wedding once again.