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Across the street from the local high school, Oliver, the proprietor of a hot dog stand, sells marijuana to the vulnerable students. Regretting his alliance with the drug pushers, Oliver tells Sam, the henchman of gang lord Larry McGuire, that he intends to stop dispensing drugs. Later, Cliff Dennis, one of the gang members, asks Kay O'Farrell, a naïve young high school student and amateur dancer, to entertain at his new night club. Cliff's request alarms Tom Daley, Kay's high school sweetheart. That night, Kay lies to her trusting parents that she is going to a dance recital and then heads to Cliff's club where she is met by Tom, who is determined to protect her innocence. There, Helen Thomas, Cliff's jealous girl friend, warns Tom that the club is a front for the mob. When Tom confronts Cliff, a fight breaks out and in the mêlée, Helen is accidentally killed. Tom helps Kay escape, and upon returning home, she admits to her parents that she lied about her destination. Captain Hillburn and Lieutenant Williams of the police department are assigned to investigate Helen's death and assemble the teenagers at headquarters to question them. When Tom tells them of Cliff's involvement, Hillburn decides to use Cliff as bait to catch the rest of the gang. Hillburn then visits the O'Farrell house and enlists Kay's help in setting a trap. Following Hillburn's instructions, Kay starts dating Cliff. While at his apartment one day, Kay overhears Cliff discussing a drug deal with Oliver over the phone, and soon after, the police arrive to arrest Cliff. Oliver is Kay's next target, and the following day, she searches his hot dog stand when he leaves to make a phone call. When Sam appears to collect his money, be begins flirting with Kay and invites her to audition to be a show girl at Larry's club. At the club that night, Larry's headliner calls in sick and Larry offers Kay her job. Some time later, Snuffy Baker, Larry's gangland rival, is paroled from prison and returns to town to assume his position in the rackets. At Larry's club, Snuffy and his henchman Al demand a kick-back from all illegal activities. When Snuffy leers licentiously at Kay, Larry, who has fallen in love with her, offers to set her up in a fancy apartment. Larry takes Kay to her new apartment, and as he attempts to get her drunk, Snuffy knocks at the door, sneers at Kay's innocence and warns her that Larry is a crook. After Snuffy leaves, Larry remorsefully confesses to Kay that his upbringing in the gutter led him to a life of crime, and then asserts that he wants to reform. The next day, Kay informs Hillburn of Snuffy's visit. Later, Kay witnesses Larry receive a large shipment of drugs and phones Hillburn about the delivery. As Hillburn outlines his plan to trap the gang at the nightclub that evening, Larry overhears the phone call. Concerned for Kay's safety, Hillburn arranges for Tom to meet him at the club. That night, Snuffy and his thugs, having learned of Larry's drug cache, burst into Larry's office and demand the "dope." When Snuffy accuses Kay of betraying Larry, a fight ensues and the police break down the door to arrest the criminals. In the chaos, Larry is killed. Kay, safely hidden in a corner, then emerges from her hiding place and is kissed on the cheek by both Tom and Hillburn.
This films opens with the voice of an offscreen narrator, who describes the public school as "one of the greatest symbols of American democracy...." The narrator continues that "[as] the school day comes to a close, young America leaves the portals of learning...there is a shadow of a lurking evil which takes place in many guises...." Although onscreen credits contain a copyright statement, no copyright for this picture was found in the Copyright Catalog. No reviews or release information were found for the film.
Released in United States 1942
Released in United States 1942