In 1904 Colonel Etienne de Bujac was a wealthy lawyer in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and when his son was born he named him Étienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac. Étienne dropped out of college to work at odd jobs, in search of a careeer that would keep him interested. He was a prize fighter, a slaughterhouse worker, an insurance salesman, a real estate salesman, and more, never finding a job that could hold his interest for long.
One day he happened to be at a Hollywood party and got into a discussion with movie producer David O. Selznick, who gave him some movie acting roles, beginning with the 1931 action serial ‘Heroes of the Flames.’ In 1933 he got a leading role in a jungle adventure, and became instantly famous as the man who rescued Fay Wray from King Kong.
When Étienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac began acting, he changed his name to a shorter and more memorable ‘Bruce Cabot.’ In this action adventure, he is a new reporter for the New York Times, writing the garden column. His real interest is in crime reporting, especially crimes involving massive building fires.
Reporter Hal Ashby is always chasing the fire engines in search of the adventure of man against flames, and he has the belief that the wealthiest man in town is burning down his own buildings to collect on the insurance. As fate would have it, the daughter of the wealthy businessman gets a job on the newspaper. Hal has no idea that the new reporter is the daughter of the wealthy man he is hoping to nail for arson, and he falls in love with her.
This leads to that and when he writes a scathing newspaper article about her father, she reveals that she is his daughter, and the wedding is off, the relationship is off, and Hal is once again writing home and garden stories instead of fighting crime. Then the big fire starts in the main building that the wealthy man owns, and his daughter is trapped in the burning flames. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Bruce Cabot, Judith Allen, H.B. Warner