Cast & Crew
Roy William Neill
Bill Grimes rules the police and politics in his town with graft, and always looks for opportunities to make a quick profit. Bill's latest scheme is to sell to the city, at an inflated price, property that he and two school board members have purchased for very little money. When Bill's younger brother, Bobby, is told by his teacher, Anne Barry, that he must improve his algebra grade if he is to remain on the school baseball team, Bill tries to bribe the principal, and becomes frustrated when he does not succeed. Anne likes Bill, so she allows Bobby to take a special examination to remedy the situation, but when she catches him cheating, she gives him a failing grade. Bobby insists that he did not cheat on the exam and Bill stands by him. When Bill pulls strings to get Anne fired, a group of teachers protests her dismissal. Meanwhile, a local newspaper begins an exposé on Bill's crooked methods, which prompts an official investigation. Bill's troubles continue to mount when his secretary, Mary Burns, steals some important documents from his office and begins to blackmail him. Just as Bill is about to leave town, Bobby is injured in an automobile accident. When Bobby confesses that he cheated on the exam, Bill feels bad about his treatment of Anne, and he apologizes to her. As Anne still likes Bill, she forgives him and then prevents his imprisonment by destroying the incriminating papers that are in Mary's possession. After Anne makes an announcement that Bill's intentions all along were to donate the land to the city for a playground site, Bill proposes to her.