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A Fugitive from Justice

A Fugitive from Justice(1940)

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Dan Miller, a special investigator for a life insurance company, and his partner, Ziggy, are assigned to find attorney Lee Leslie, the mouthpiece for a gang of criminals led by Julie Alexander, who holds a life insurance policy with the company. The investigators' job is complicated by the fact that the gang is trying to bump Leslie off before he can testify against them in court. To make matters worse, when the gangsters attempt to frame Leslie for the murder of a police officer, the lawyer flees and the police join in the search for him. Meanwhile, Ruby Patterson, a nightclub singer who stands to gain one million dollars from Leslie's insurance policy, tips the gang off to Leslie's hideout, but the clever Leslie avoids their trap. Dan and Ziggy plant a bug in Ruby's room and listen as she, Alexander and the other mobsters plan the kidnapping of Leslie's sister Janet and his mother Henrietta, who have been in hiding since Leslie's alleged police shooting. Hoping to get to Janet and Henrietta before the mobsters do, Dan goes to the hideout and has the police take them to safety. Dan, however, does not escape in time and is found in the apartment by the mobsters. When Leslie phones the hideout, Ruby impersonates Janet to find out his whereabouts and, after tying up Dan, leads the gangsters to him. Soon after the gangsters leave, Ziggy arrives at the hideout and frees Dan, who then finds Leslie before the mobsters do. Although he believes in Leslie's innocence, Dan takes him to Rhode Island to answer the murder charges, but Leslie gives him the slip en route. Meanwhile, the gangsters succeed in kidnapping Janet and Henrietta and take them to an old warehouse. When Dan and Leslie discover where Janet and Henrietta are being held, they, along with the police, converge upon the warehouse and rescue them. Leslie overpowers Alexander, and the police tear gas the building and kill Alexander. When Leslie emerges from the warehouse, he turns himself in with the assurance that Dan will clear him of the murder charge.