When a warehouse belonging to retired former fire chief Carey York goes up in flames, killing the manager inside, muckraking talk show host Tommy Towne goes on the air and accuses York of setting the fire for insurance purposes. Fire starting materials were found in York's car at the fire. York and the current deputy fire chief go to Perry and ask him to represent him in a libel suit against Towne. Perry demands a retraction from Towne if he cannot prove his earlier accusation. However, when it is found that one of the items destroyed in the fire was a coil winding machine belonging to a business competitor of York's son Dorian, Towne in a prerecorded session instead publicly accuses York of starting the fire to save his son's business. Just after this accusation airs, Towne is found dead after going down a cliff in York's car. York is charged with arson and murder and Perry defends him by proving his innocence outside court.
Did You Know?
The actor Tenen Holtz
made his last appearance in movies and television in this role of Otto Joseph who ironically is murdered at the onset of this telecast. See more
In the opening scene, an arsonist piles combustible materials on Mr. Joseph's desk. Said combustibles are absent in the next shot of the desk. See more
Yes. Yes, darling. I know it's Sunday and I know I promised to take you out for dinner, but I cannot help myself. Yes. Elaine, please understand, your father is still a stranger in this country, a poor stranger who has to work and work hard for a living. Business here is bad. Very bad. I'm worried. I try only to help. You understand? Yeah. Yes, Elaine, I,ll try to finish the paperwork early. Then perhaps we still can go out. Good-bye. Good-bye, my baby.