When a landlady has a tenant bail out on her, and leave a bad check, it has Joe Friday and Frank Smith on the job.
Once the interview with the woman brings out the details, Friday tracks down the leads that he has at hand. The bandit seems to come across as an honest man, with identification, and preys on women. He writes the bad check, and gets cash back from the victim, and leaves them in a spot with nothing to show for it.
Another clue comes in, the man is operating with the stolen ID of an actor who died a few years before. It looks like the job of a professional swindler to Joe Friday, and not the indescritions of a citezen. A lucky break comes when the cops get a call that the check bouncer is on the scene, and trying to pass off a check.
Rush as they might, Friday and Smith just miss the man. The latest victim comes through with some promising info on the bad guy’s true identity, and Joe is on the chase again.
He is actually an actor and Friday talks to his old agent to help track him down, and possibly lure him in. The plan works, and the disbelieving actor gets hauled in.