Cast & Crew
During a party in New York, attorney Jeffrey Baxter proposes to Glenda O'Brien, unconcerned that she once lived with a man. They plan to leave that evening for a three-day cruise during which they plan to be married. That night, Glenda receives a call from her former lover, Leo Young, who implores her to return to him. Despite her better instincts, Glenda visits Leo in the apartment he has taken above hers. After she informs him she is engaged and refuses to return to him, he locks her in the room and threatens to have Jeffrey killed by a thug he knows, Little Maxie. He describes Jeffrey to Little Maxie, and desperate, Glenda hits Leo on the head with a statue, killing him. She returns to her apartment, where her devoted maid Martha convinces her to take the cruise with Jeffrey, and Glenda accepts her advice. In the meantime, Leo's friend, Stephen Bessemer investigates his death and is instantly suspicious of Glenda, aware that Leo had intended to rekindle their romance. District Attorney Clarke gives Stephen special permission to investigate aboard the ship on which Glenda and Jeffrey are traveling. He uses various devices to trick Glenda into revealing her crime, but is unsuccessful. Finally, during a masquerade party, Stephen holds a mock trial, much to the delight of all the guests but Glenda. He places her on trial for murder, and under the pressure, Glenda tearfully confesses. All but Stephen believe she is acting. Later, Glenda reveals her secret to Jeffrey, who is understanding and continues to intend to marry her. Stephen has Glenda arrested. Back home, Jeffrey whips a confession out of Little Maxie concerning Leo's murder plans and brings Little Maxie to Clarke's office. Once there, Jeffrey uses his talent as a lawyer to prove that the district attorney has no evidence against Glenda, and that there is plenty of evidence against the deceased. Recognizing defeat, Stephen and Clarke drop the case, and Jeffrey and Glenda are left free to marry.
William J. Kelly
The opening credits presented the film as "The Paramount-Liberty All-Star Story...By Ten of the World's Greatest Authors." The authors then appear onscreen alongside their names.