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Escort Girl(1941)

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Ruth Ashley and Gregory Stone are owners of the Hollywood Escort Bureau, which provides both male and female escorts and is managed by Breeze Nolan. The escorts are expected to take their dates to the Café Martinique, which Ashley and Stone also operate, and order bottles of expensive champagne. Ruth is a former escort girl who has been educating her daughter June in a private school in the East. When June, who believes her mother is a real estate agent, becomes engaged to Drake Hamilton, she decides to accompany him on an assignment to Los Angeles, and introduce him to Ruth. Meanwhile, Stone and Ruth are preoccupied by news that the new district attorney intends to close down the escort racket, and Ruth is particularly worried that June may find out that she is involved. After June and Drake meet Ruth and Stone, June reveals that Drake has come to assist the district attorney in busting the escort bureau. Later, after going to the bureau and pretending to be interested in working as a male escort, Drake, without June's knowledge, phones the bureau and books a girl for an evening, intending to entrap her. Stone learns about this from an informant and tricks June into going to Drake's hotel room at the specified time. Drake, thinking she is the escort girl he requested, feels betrayed, and they break their engagement. June accuses Stone of setting her up and, realizing that he is head of the racket, intends to expose him to the district attorney. Stone then tells June that her mother is his partner and after plying the devastated girl with drink, tries to recruit her into the business. Meanwhile, Drake goes to see Nolan, beats him up and learns that Stone is the head of the racket. Ruth arrives at Stone's apartment and is horrified to find June there. After June tells Ruth that she hates her and leaves, Ruth draws a gun on Stone and insists that he tell Drake the truth about June. Drake arrives and, as he and Stone struggle for possession of the gun, Ruth is accidentally shot. The fight ends when Stone falls to his death through the apartment window. As Ruth dies, she tells Drake that June was never an escort girl and he promises that he will look after her. Finally, Drake and June find happiness together.