After international financier Welles turns up dead, a coroner's inquest rules the death a suicide. Investigative reporter Wilding is not convinced, and he sets out to prove that it was murder. He uncovers evidence that points to Welles's secretary, McCallum, who has been having an affair
with Lockwood, the dead man's widow. He confronts McCallum and Lockwood with what he suspects and that launches a string of flashbacks, the only scenes where Welles is actually on screen. Eventually Wilding concludes that Welles was indeed a suicide, and that he left evidence that would frame
McCallum for his own murder. Apart from a good cast, this is mostly a routine murder mystery of the British school. Welles took the part largely because he needed the money, and it marked the beginning of a long string of embarrassing supporting parts with which he was to fill most of his
remaining years. His performance here is somewhat overwrought, as indeed most of these later performances were, but he provides whatever reason there is to see this film today. Two versions preceded: one in 1920 and one in 1929 directed by Howard Hawks.
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