Cast & Crew
Bob Reilly, a newspaper reporter for the Daily Sentinel , uncovers a racketeering ring, which, while posing as the Civic Uplift League, tracks down "undesirables" and then blackmails them. James Wyley, the owner of the Sentinel , is engaged to Patricia Holman, the daughter of the head of the ring who supposedly is one of the town's most prominent citizens. Wyley cannot bring himself to tell Patricia the truth, and when she finds him denouncing her father, she sends Wyley away. Holman begins a campaign against the Sentinel , which soon loses advertisers. He convinces a banker to call in Wyley's loans, and finally the press room is bombed. Patricia overhears a telephone conversation in which her father plots against Wyley, and she goes to his apartment to warn him. However, she finds Wyley with Etheline, the girl friend of a murdered hireling of the "League," who is trying to entrap him. Patricia leaves in a huff, but at home, she overhears her father talking with Etheline and realizes the true situation. She and Wyley make up, and he hides her in his apartment. When Holman's underlings discover that a girl is staying at the apartment, Holman, unaware of her identity, schemes to frame her on a vice charge. After Patricia is arrested, Wyley confronts Holman, and when Holman learns what he has done to his daughter, whom he loves, he shoots himself. Patricia is cleared of all suspicion, and Wyley prints the big story.
A. J. Herbert
James La Curto
This was Arthur Hoerl's first film as a director.