In this lively spoof of 1940’s private eye thrillers, San Francisco baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) sits on death row and recalls how his unfulfilled ambitions to be a hard-boiled detective led to his dire predicament. While office sitting for P.I. neighbor Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd), the mysterious Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour) saunters in, mistakes Jackson for a
real private investigator, and persuades him to find her uncle who has been kidnapped by cut-throat villains (Peter Lorre, Lon
Chaney Jr.) for his valuable uranium map. Loaded with laughs and cameos by Hollywood’s finest, the hilarious plot thickens
and danger ensues as daydreamer Jackson finds himself in more trouble than he can handle!