The Girl in the News (1940)

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Nurse Anne Graham is tried and acquitted of murder when an elderly private patient who had willed her some money dies. The patient had used Anne's key to the medicine cabinet to gain access to some tablets which had poisoned her. Following the trial Anne finds it difficult to gain new employment. On returning home one day she finds that a newspaper has been posted to her with an advert for a nursing position ringed. Though having doubts Anne applies for the job using an assumed name. Her application is successful and she goes to work for the Bentley's, nursing Edward Bentley who is an invalid. Tracy, the butler of the household, had been in attendance at Anne's trial, and he and Mrs Bentley have employed Anne with the intention of her taking the blame when they poison the husband. Stephen Farringdon, Anne's defence counsel, sees her when he is visiting the small town where she now resides and strikes up a relationship with her. When Mr Bentley dies and Anne is arrested for murder, Stephen is convinced of her innocence and takes on her defence again. Suspecting that she was employed in order to frame her, Farringdon calls to the stand Tracy, whom he believes actually murdered Bentley. As he is tricking Tracy into stating that he was at the earlier trial and therefore knew of Anne's background, Mrs Bentley, who has also earlier given evidence that she did not know of the earlier case, takes poison and collapses and dies in court. As Tracy walks out of the court he is arrested, and Anne walks away with Farringdon free.

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