Cast & Crew
Julius Trent, the founder and president of Trent Mills objects to the plans of his manager, Walford Andrews, to manufacture a synthetic wool called Woolex. Finding Julius behind the times, the stockholders vote Andrews in as president. Following doctor's orders, Julius, accompanied by his wife and his daughter Betty, retires to California. Julius is completely bored by retirement, so when the gardener, an active, healthy man older than Julius, suggests that Julius buy a small business to run as an amusement, he takes the advice and, using an assumed name, buys a half interest in a dry cleaning business. His partner is Ken Mitchell, a young man who has invented a special cleaning fluid. Neither Julius nor Ken realize, however, that the former owner sold them the business to avoid paying money to a group of gangsters headed by Chick Morelli. During a delivery, Ken accidentally splashes mud on Betty, and offers to clean her dress for free. By the time the dress is clean, the two have fallen in love. Julius is pleased by this development and is also pleased to learn that since Woolex cannot be successfully cleaned, all the orders for the fabric have been cancelled. Determined not to pay Morelli any extortion money, Julius contrives a confrontation between Morelli and rival gangster Dutch Schmidt. The two gangs shoot it out, killing everyone. When Julius' identity as a textile magnate is revealed, Ken is surprised to discover he is already familiar with his future father-in-law. Julius then receives an offer to return to work as the head of Trent Mills.
Robert Emmett Keane
The film's working title was Big Business and its release title in Great Britain was Modern Madness. Writer Edmund L. Hartmann's name is spelled "Edward Hartman" in the onscreen credits. Although this movie is based on an original story by Hartmann, the plot is very similar to a 1931 Warner Bros. film The Millionaire (see below).