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Pat Costello in The Payoff

The Payoff

1942 NR

Investigating the mysterious murder of a district attorney, journalist Brad McKay (Lee Tracy) believes he's solved the case -- until his suspect turns up dead. Helped by cub reporter Guy Norris (Tom Brown), McKay keeps poking into the crime when it dawns on him that he's stumbled on a government conspiracy. Directed by Arthur Dreifuss, this vintage mystery allows Tracy to reprise his trademark fast-talking reporter persona.