Take a trip with the fabulous Johnny Dollar as he sets out on his next freelance insurance investigation.
Johnny starts out by getting into a fight, and holds his unconscious attacker, Milford Brooks while the background of the story is told. Brooks is trying to kill himself, but if he does, the insurance policy will have pay out to his recently updated beneficiary. He is in debt to a notorious gambling racketeer, and sees suicide as his only way out. Can Johnny give Milford a reason to live?
As his bodyguard, Johnny tries to hook the man up with a date with one of his sellections out of his little black book. Going back to New York City, Johnny decides to show the man a night out on the town to lift his spirits. I have a feeling it won’t be as simple as that, but let’s see how well Johnny does at keeping the man alive, and out of trouble. When Johnny is preoccupied, Milford flies the coupe with Johnnie’s girlfriend.
Can Johnny find his man before he kills himself, or falls into the hands of his nemesis? The cops haven’t found any trace of the man, but an empty overcoat with Brook’s identity has been found near the Hudson river. Johnny confronts the racketeer, Harold Hatcher, in his nightclub. Johnny is intercepted by a dame who works for Hatcher, but lets him in to see the gangster. What answers might Johnny learn?
Why would Hatcher knock off one of his prime assets for cash? He stands to collect a few thousand if Brooks is alive, but 2 million as the insurance beneficiary. Sounds like a prime suspect to me, but what will the cops be able to squeeze out of the racketeer?
Information seems forthcoming from the gangster’s dame. Johnny is on the chase, as he trails her to a hideout.
In an abandoned garage, Johnny is stopped in his tracks when he hears the voice of Milford Brooks. A fistfight breaks out, and in the confrontation, Johnny reveals the mystery. But what happened to Johnny’s girlfriend? The confrontations aren’t over when Hatcher is on the scene with plans to teach them all a lesson.
Johnny has to fight his way out of danger, but has the bad guys under wraps until the cops arrive, and happy endings go all around for Johnny, his gal, and the insurance company.