Originally made as a silent, sound was added just before release and it looks it, as much of the picture unreels without much talk. However, the story is okay enough to be seen as a silent and still make sense. Overman and his wife are young marrieds in their apartment and he is sneaking a
call to a woman he met the night before while they listen to the radio. The news says that Brook, a doctor assigned to the police department, has just solved a big crime. Cut to the cops' headquarters where Brook is handing in his resignation because his girl friend, Rich, wants him to get out of
that business. The police wish he wouldn't as he is the U.S. equivalent of Sherlock Holmes (or "Crime Doctor," a later radio series which starred Ray Collins, House Jameson, Everett Sloane, and John McIntire at various times). The chief cop says that there is no such thing as "The Perfect Crime"
but if there ever was one, Brook would know how to perform it. Brook goes home, looks out the window, and sees Marshall, a mean-spirited man, belt his wife when she dares ask him for the rent. This gives Brook, who is teetering on the edge of madness, an idea. Brook owns the place and Marshall is
his tenant. Later, Marshall comes over to pay the rent and Brook plies him with booze as the man has a toothache. Next he gives Marshall some pills, tells him to lock all the doors and windows in his room, take the pills and go to sleep and have Marshall's wife call him at 5 a.m. to check on his
aching molar. When Marshall can't be awakened at 5 and the wife can't open the locked bedroom door, Brook is called in. She doesn't see that he has a razor hidden on his person. He breaks down the door, walks in, making sure the wife stays outside, then comes out and says that Marshall has slit
his own throat and committed suicide. An investigation takes place and Nye is arrested and charged with the murder. The cops ask Brook to come in and solve the case but he refuses until Rich pleads with him to do so. Nye is framed and convicted and awaiting execution as his wife, McConnell, pleads
to have Brook break the mystery. Brook eventually confesses his crime to the cops, Nye is freed, and he and McConnell thank Brook for what he's done. Now there is a dissolve and Brook is seen at his desk reading. We are never sure if this entire story was true, or just a fanciful flight of
imagination on Brook's part--a terrible cheat to the audience.
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- Review: Originally made as a silent, sound was added just before release and it looks it, as much of the picture unreels without much talk. However, the story is okay enough to be seen as a silent and still make sense. Overman and his wife are young marrieds in th… (more)