During The Great Depression, people were well acquainted with the ephemeral nature of financial investments, and many films of the time reflected public suspicions of stock-and-bond deals. In this one, bucket-shop swindler Hall rejoins his ex-associates after his release from prison,
trying for one last big score. He considers his deal a shoo-in, since this time he really has a promotable product: he won the title to a real mine in a card game. He prevails upon retired co-trickster Overman to join him in the swindle, over the trepidations of Overman's wife, Merkel--who, as the
title suggests, is kept in the dark about the true nature of the deal. Overman advances h...