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Beware of Ladies(1936)

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Newspaper editor Charles Collins assigns Betty White, his top reporter, to cover the campaign of George Martin, who is running for district attorney against J. Robert Slank, the puppet of corrupt political boss John Williams. Betty, who has just left Freddie, her no-good husband of two years, is reluctant to take the assignment, but agrees that publicity-shy George needs help in garnering women's votes. George detests sensationalist "baby-kissing" types of publicity, but Betty nonetheless sets him up several times to get good stories. Meanwhile, Williams orders Randy Randall, a con artist, blackmailer and private investigator, to dig up some dirt on George to discredit him. Randall plants Swanson, one of his henchmen, in George's campaign office, and he discovers that Betty is married. Despite their initial antagonism, George and Betty begin to share feelings for each other, which Swanson reports to Randall. Randall's men find Freddie, and Randall threatens to expose Freddie's shady past if he does not agree to begin an alienation of affection suit against George and Betty. Freddie agrees, and soon after, Swanson overhears Betty tell Henry, George's butler, that George must go to his cabin to rest. Later that night, Sniff and Tony Baxter, Randall's other mugs, force Henry to call Betty and tell her she must come to the cabin straight away. She does, and Sniff gets a photo of her and George, with George in his pajamas and Betty grabbing onto him out of fright at the noises that Sniff made. George does not believe Betty's story about the phone call and blames her for the incident, but after she leaves, he finds Henry tied up and realizes that he and Betty were set up. After the photos are developed, Randall stalls Williams, intending to first blackmail George with them and then turn them over to Williams to destroy George's political career. Randall notifies George of Freddie's suit, and George, who did not know that Betty was married, is outraged. Betty confronts Freddie, telling him about the blackmail and that he had better stop it or she will have him arrested for extortion. Freddie goes to Randall's office and tries to stop the suit, but he is taken into the room adjoining the office and is shot by Tony. Just then, George and Betty come into the office, and Randall tells them it will cost them $15,000 for the photos. Betty is worried about Freddie, especially when she and George see Williams go into the adjoining room. After Williams leaves, they also go in and find Freddie's body. They are caught by the gang, and after a brief struggle, Tony is about to shove them down the elevator shaft when the police arrive. Williams is indicted and after George wins the election he successfully prosecutes Williams and then marries Betty.