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Jimmy (James Dunn) is a skip tracer - a man who repossesses stuff from
small business customers who can't pay their due -, & not a very good
one at that. Even the task of repossessing something as simple as a radio
from a certain Lulu Driscoll (Rita La Roy) doesn't only land him but also
his girlfriend Mary (Frances Gifford) in jail overnight.
But why, you might (or might not) ask, is Lulu quite so eagfr to keep
her radio ? Because she has hidden jewels from a recent heist inside of
it, that's why.
& as coincidence has it, filmstar Corrine (Anna Lisa), the woman
the jewels were stolen from, hires Jimmy's Skip tracing company to
retrieve the jewels (since she can't go to the police, fearing a scandal
as her own boyfriend Steve [George Douglas] has been behind the heist). Of
course that case s not handed to Jimmy but to the company's
jack-of-all-trades Miles Hanover (Dave O'Brien) ... but somehow, while
tracing the jewels to Lulu's appartment, he first has a run-in with the
cops, believing him to be a peeping tom, then he is apprehended by Lulu's
gangster friend Duke (Paul Bryar).
Jimmy meanwhile is still tracing the radio, not knowing what's inside,
& gets sidetracked quite a lot by buying a new house & new
furniture & marrying Mary during his working hours. But meanwhile, at
Lulu's, she & Steve have a fall-out with Duke, which leads him to lock
them away in the trunk of a stolen car & searching Lulu's place for
the diamonds ... when Jimmy finally comes round to repossess the radio,
& Duke, not knowing what's in it, hands it to him.
When Jimmy finds out he has not only retrieved the radio but also the
diamonds, he is overjoyed with happiness, but then he decides to repossess
the stolen car (incidently also something on the repossession list) as
well, & suddenly he is in the lead of a carchase.
Finally though, all the baddies are arrested, Jimmy is celebrated as
the hero of the day, & his biggest competitor in the company, Miles
Hanover, is humiliated for totally blowing the job ...
Not totally unfunny in every respect, this light crime comedy seems to
be missing direction though, permanently alternating between its crime
plot, the story of Jimmy as the simpleton lieing downon the job but still
coming out on top, Jimmy & Mary's lovestory, & the deconstruction of
the unlikeable know-it-all Miles Hanover ... which is just too much for a
mere hour of screentime if the ingredients are not properly blended.