In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.
Director: Preston Sturges
Writer: Preston Sturges
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest, Louis Heydt, Arthur Hoyt, Harry Rosenthal, Libby Taylor, Steffi Duna, Esther Howard, Dewey Robinson, Richard Carle, Byron Foulger, Emory Parnell, Victor Potel, Harry Hayden and Robert Warwick