Cast & Crew
Top reporter Johnny Newsome leaves the city to take up his half-interest in the Springdale Citizen , a daily small town newspaper. Despite the misgivings of his co-editor, Jeff Parker, Johnny tries the usual exposé tactics to build up circulation, but finds the town virtually scandal free. Nevertheless, Johnny decides to target Judge James Rutherford, the opposition paper's candidate for mayor. Rutherford's past is clear, but his niece, Caryl Martin, angry over Johnny's attempted smear campaign, decides to teach him a lesson by pretending to be her uncle's old flame. Johnny runs headline stories about the "mystery woman" in Rutherford's life, keeping Caryl's identity hidden. When Johnny finds himself in love with Caryl, he decides to help her leave town to avoid unfavorable publicity. Before he can do this, however, he discovers Caryl's hoax and is simultaneously sued for libel by Rutherford and the opposition paper. Disappointed and hurt, Johnny breaks up with Caryl, and changes his scheme against Rutherford. Disguising himself as a woman, he becomes "Marie Stevens," settles into a furnished room and makes an appointment with the Citizen to reveal all about Rutherford. Before the meeting, Johnny arranges Marie's room to make it look as if a struggle has taken place, plants clues implicating Rutherford, then puts all of his women's clothes in a bag and dumps it in the river. Unknown to him, witnesses see Johnny drop the bag into the river and he is quickly suspected of having killed "Marie." Johnny's explanations are not believed, and when a search of the river fails to reveal the bag of clothes, he is arrested and held for Marie's murder. Caryl, who believes Johnny's story, searches for and finds the clothes, and takes them to Johnny who is in the middle of his trial. He dresses himself up as Marie and proves his identity after which the case is dismissed. Caryl and Johnny are reconciled and married by Judge Rutherford.