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Dim-witted Tribune reporter Dorian "Dodo" Doubleday returns from the Army and is made "cop" reporter by his publisher, Winfield Blake. Recently, a string of cop reporters have been beaten up while pursuing a gangland story. Blake, whose daughter Penny hopes to marry Dodo, is hoping Dodo's assignment will get him killed. After the Tribune identifies nightclub owner Rankin as the head of the racketeers, and Blake receives a death threat, Dodo's police friend, Sgt. Ames, attacks Blake, believing that he is his assassin. As a result, Blake fires Dodo. The next day, Blake receives a visit from Bubbles LaRue, a burlesque dancer with whom he had a liaison while at a business convention in Chicago. She has been sent by Rankin to blackmail Blake, but instead, offers him her diary that contains a list of gangsters--as well as a record of her relationship with Blake--for $10,000. To save face with the mob, Bubbles instructs Blake to steal the diary and then knock her out in her theater dressing room. Blake's wife Martha arrives during Bubbles' visit, and, unknown to Blake, she hides in the bathroom with Dodo, who has come to ask for his job back. Eager to please his wife while he is hiding his mistress from her in the next room, Blake rehires Dodo at her request, then sends Dodo to get the diary from Bubbles at the theater where she is performing. Dodo arms himself with Ames's blackjack, but is forced to hide in Bubbles' closet when Rankin's henchman Martin Stafford enters, kills her, and absconds with the diary. In a panic, Dodo drops the blackjack and flees. Stafford ties up one of the burlesque troupe's clowns and puts on his outfit, and when the police arrive, they blame Dodo for the murder. Dodo discovers the bound clown and frees him, then goes after his impostor in a backstage and onstage chase involving Rankin's gang, the police, Ames, Blake and Penny, who suspects that Dodo has been having an affair with Bubbles. When Stafford takes Penny hostage, Dodo saves her. Stafford and Rankin are then caught, and the police get the diary. Finally, Dodo and Penny kiss.