Alan Ladd plays a writer who has run out of story ideas. He places an ad in the newspaper saying, "Wanted, Adventure! Will go anywhere, will do anything." His ad is answered by a man (Whit Bissell) who offers him $10,000 to do a small job for him.
Before Ladd can find out about the job he is rendered unconscious with a Mickey Finn. He wakes up strapped to a bed in a mental hospital outside the city. The more he protests they have the wrong man the more they sedate him. It seems that our man Whit has hired Ladd because he needs a body.
He plans to pull off a 5 million dollar scam. Bissell is a crooked lawyer who is covering up a client's murder by having Ladd committed under the client's name. It seems Bissell and the client's wife were doing some horizontal mambo. Bissell had decided to eliminate the husband and get the man's wife and cash.
Of course Ladd throws a monkey wrench into the works and pulls a breakout. Ladd leads the police on a merry chase while trying to contact a city police detective he knows. He needs the detective to prove his story. The local police of course think he is an escaped madman and have orders to shoot on sight. The old nick of time rescue by Ladd's cop buddy brings Bissell's plot to a halt.
A fairly brisk half hour's worth of entertainment. Rest of the cast includes Virginia Gibson, John Howard, Gene Reynolds and Tina Carver.
Some major talent on display behind the camera. The director is Frank Tuttle. Best known for THIS GUN FOR HIRE, he also helmed Ladd in LUCKY JORDAN and HELL ON FRISCO BAY, The D of P was John F Seitz who was the cinematographer on 20 plus Ladd films.