An ex-newspaper man is saved from a vagrancy rap by the elderly editor of a failing paper. The two band together to expose political corruption through the written word, disregarding threats from a rival paper man. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
A vagrant journalist wanders into a small town and finds himself caught up in intrigue when he tries to help an elderly newspaper publisher in her fight against crooked politicians.
The film was produced by William Cagney, the star's brother; it was Jimmy Cagney's first independent feature, made about a year after he left Warner Brothers, where he had been under contract. The last film he had made at Warners was the ever-popular hit, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," in which Cagney played composer/performer George M. Cohan.