Crime by Night is a 1944 drama directed by William Clemens, starring Jane Wyman and Jerome Cowan. It tells the story of Sam Campbell (Jerome Cowan) and his secretary (Jane Wyman), who take a vacation and uncover a murder.
Larry Borden's career as a concert pianist ended when a dispute with wealthy father-in-law Harvey Carr ended up with his hand chopped by an ax. Carr is found dead from a blow by an axe and Larry is sure to be the prime suspect.
He hires a detective, Sam Campbell and secretary-partner Robbie Vance arrive from New York to help. Harvey's daughter and Larry's ex-wife, Irene, also turns up, as does another dead body, the estate's handyman.
Irene is now engaged to Paul Goff, a singer, who has an agent, Ann Marlow. A theory develops that Carr's death involved a wartime spy ring and a chemical plant he owned, and Goff is implicated. Goff is the next murder victim, though.
Sam and Robbie eventually deduce that Ann is the actual spy. They solve the case and save Larry, freeing them to return to New York.
- Jane Wyman as Robbie Vance
- Jerome Cowan as Sam Campbell
- Faye Emerson as Ann Marlow
- Charles Lang as Paul Goff
- Eleanor Parker as Irene Carr
- Stuart Crawford as Larry Borden
- Cy Kendall as Sheriff Max Ambers
- Charles C. Wilson as District Attorney Hyatt