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|Dana Andrews||Edward Mobley|
|Rhonda Fleming||Dorothy Kyne|
|George Sanders||Mark Loving, KNS Chief|
|Howard Duff||Lt. Burt Kaufman|
|Thomas Mitchell||John Day Griffith (Sentinel managing editor)|
|Vincent Price||Walter Kyne|
|Sally Forrest||Nancy Liggett|
|John Drew Barrymore||Robert Manners (as John Barrymore Jr.)|
|James Craig||'Honest' Harry Kritzer|
|Ida Lupino||Mildred Donner|
|Robert Warwick||Amos Kyne|
|Mae Marsh||Mrs. Manners|
|Ralph Peters||Gerald Meade (Sentinel crime reporter)|
|Sandy White||Judith Felton|
|Larry J. Blake||Tim, Police Desk Sergeant (as Larry Blake)|
|Celia Lovsky||Miss Dodd (Kyne's nurse)|
|Ed Hinton||Mike O'Leary, Plainclothes Man (as Edward Hinton)|
|Pitt Herbert||Carlo, Bartender at the Dell|
|Vladimir Sokoloff||George 'Pop' Pilski|
"Suspense as startling as a strangled scream!"
A power struggle ensues after the death of media magnate Amos Kyne, who turned his corporation over to his sole heir, foppish son Walter. Rather than run the company himself Walter decides to let the heads of its three divisions fight it out. Their assignment is to score an exclusive story on a serial killer terrorizing women in New York the Kyne organization's newspaper dubs "The Lipstick Killer." Whomever identifies him before the police will be rewarded the title of executive director.One of the three, newspaper editor Jon Day Griffith, has an ally in high-profile Kyne reporter and television personality Edward Mobley. While wire-service chief Mark Loving recruits star writer Mildred Donner as eyes and ears, a third contender, Harry Kritzer, carries on a secret affair with Walter Kyne's wife Dorothy.Mobley becomes engaged to Loving's secretary, Nancy Liggett. Receiving inside information from his police friend Lt. Kaufman, Mobley taunts the killer on TV using Nancy as bait.In the end, the lives of Nancy and Dorothy, who live across the hall from one another, are placed in serious danger. While one of the three contenders for the executive director's job wins the contest, another has a surprise in store.