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White Lies(1934)

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Managing editor John Frank Mitchell, known as "Front Page Mitchell" because of his policy of a headline at any price, plans to publish a story about embezzler Dan Oliver. Mitchell's reporter, Al Roberts, is against running the story because Oliver has made reparations. As Mitchell speeds to his destination, he is pulled over by traffic cop Terry Condon. Mitchell tears up the ticket, and Terry arrests him. At the police station, Mitchell's daughter Joan talks her father out of revenge against Terry, and the policeman is promoted to sergeant. Terry is summoned to Mitchell's office, where Oliver is threatening to kill Mitchell if he does not stop his story. Terry talks Oliver out of his threats, and Mitchell runs an even bigger front page story about his own attempted murder and Terry's courage. At a dinner party, Joan flirts with Terry, to the chagrin of Arthur Bradford, with whom she has been involved. At Oliver's trial, he is found guilty, but manages to escape, after grabbing Terry's gun and shooting him. While Terry recovers, Mary Mallory, Oliver's girl friend, visits Joan and tells her that her father's story has cost her her fiancé, as well as her job and apartment. Joan feels sorry for Mary and calls on Arthur to help find the woman an apartment. While Joan and Arthur seek a new apartment for Mary, Oliver arrives and, believing that Joan is merely seeking another story, hides in a closet, waiting on Joan's return. When Joan and Arthur return, Oliver knocks Joan out and kills Arthur, places the gun in Joan's hand, and then escapes. Although Terry believes in Joan's innocence, he arrests her, despite Mitchell's pleas, and she is indicted by a grand jury. Terry, determined to free Joan, searches Mary's old apartment for a clue and finds a brochure for Danville, a vacation area. As Joan's trial begins, Mary informs Oliver that she plans to testify in Joan's defense, and he threatens to kill her. But Terry has tracked them down, and is able to stop Oliver from carrying out his threat. Mary testifies in Joan's defense, and she is released. As Mitchell hears a newsboy announce the headline of Mary's release, he thinks the hawker is from a rival paper. Terry reassures him, however, that the paper is Mitchell's, and explains that he called in the story himself before he brought Oliver to court.