Chase cavorts amusingly through this mystery-comedy as the title character, an investigative reporter who will stop at nothing to get his story. While posing as a bum, Fletch is approached by successful aviation executive Alan Stanwyk (Matheson), who claims to be dying of an incurable
illness. He offers the reporter $50,000 to murder him, so that his wife (Wheeler-Nicholson) can collect on an insurance policy. Suspicious, Fletch decides to uncover the true motives behind this scheme. The mystery begins to unravel as our hero works himself through a web of entanglements and
intrigue, using various aliases (after the fashion of Cary Grant in CHARADE) to learn that St...