Jean Yarbrough

The fifth and last of the Ben Schwab productions starring Bill Elliott as a L.A. sheriff’s department detective begins with Henry Johnson being sought by the sheriff’s office for the murder of his neighbor and friend,Fred Horner, whose strangled body was found in Johnson’s motel apartment. Lieutenant Andy Doyle of the Los Angeles sheriff’s department learns that Johnson had been an avid card-playing gambler, and had frequently argued violently with the deceased. Trailing Johnson’s fiancée, Mary Raikin, the police capture Johnson, who insists he did not kill Horner, but fled in panic when he discovered Johnson’s body in his room after an absence of only a few minutes. It is discovered that a wealthy tenant of an adjacent motel, Bradbury, bears a resemblance to the murdered man, and in order to set him up as a decoy, Doyle suggests the Bradbury spread the word he is leaving for his home the next day. That night, the real killer,Pat Orvello, sneaks into Bradbury’s room to rob him, but is…

Edna Grover convinces her husband, Sam, to enter a scheme where they can defraud his insurance company out of $50,000, so they can live in luxury. Sam forgets to ask Edna who ‘they’ is. Edna’s definition of ‘they’ is herself and her lover, Ray Belden. There is a hotel fire, and Edna identifies the body in the fire as her husband Sam. Meanwhile, Sam flees to another city under an assumed name, where he waits for his loving-spouse to join him and they can live a life of luxury. He waits. And waits some more. And returns to ask Edna just what the delay is, and learns that the delay is another man. Before long, there is another dead man, and then a blackmailing private detective shows up, and then a police detective starts nosing around, and Sam still hasn’t seen any money nor a life of luxury.