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Emergency Squad(1940)

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Fresh out of journalism school, fledgling reporter Betty Bryant badgers city editor Joyce into giving her a job on the paper. Informed that human interest stories pop up several times a day at the emergency squad station, Betty heads in that direction, where she meets rookie Pete Barton, "Chesty" Miller and Pete's brother Dan, with whom she falls in love. Meanwhile, Slade Wiley, an unscrupulous contractor, has won the bid on a contract to build the underwater Newford Tunnel. Discovering that his low bid is causing him to lose large amounts of money, Wiley conspires with underworld leader Nick Buller to detonate a series of explosions that will panic the stockholders into selling their shares at ridiculously low prices, thus enabling Wiley to gain control of the stock. Reasoning that Betty's publicity would assist their plans, Wiley and Buller keep in close contact with her and allow her access to the construction site. Their plan succeeds, but Pete is killed during a rescue effort, and after six explosions, Betty's paper launches an investigation. To create an alibi, Wiley and Buller take her on a trip into the tunnel, planning an explosion to occur nearby. An unintended accident occurs, however, causing the tunnel to decompress and threatening their lives. When Betty realizes that Wiley and Buller have been the cause of the previous explosions, they knock her out and are rescued by Dan and Chesty. Realizing that Betty was with them, Dan returns to the tunnel and rescues her, narrowly escaping the explosion. Justice is served as Wiley and Buller are arraigned and sentenced, Chesty is reunited with his wife and child, and Betty and Dan are finally free to pursue their romance.