Tony Ferris (William Gaxton) is a Broadway producer with a dog of a musical on his hands, and Fay Lawrence (Mae West), his star, complains that the show is going to ruin her reputation. Desperate to attract an audience, Tony tries to generate some sensational publicity by persuading
starstruck Hubert Bainbridge (Victor Moore) to pressure his sister Hanna (Almira Sessions), the snooty society matron who runs a public morals watchdog group known as The Foundation, to declare his show "immoral." Tony's plan falls apart, however, when the police close the production permanently
and Fay moves on to star in a new show produced by his rival, Forrest Stanton (Alan Dinehart). Then, a jealous Tony underhandedly schemes his way into taking over that show, casting Hanna's niece, Janey (Mary Roche), to insure the Foundation's backing--until Hanna finds out and Tony's fortunes
plummet before rebounding in the romantic finale.
West's first screen appearance since MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940) wasn't much fun for anyone involved. Producer-director Gregory Ratoff proposed what sounded like a good idea and West signed a contract without seeing a script, only to be outraged when she finally did, agreeing to remain in the film
(for which several musical numbers had already been shot) only if she could write her own scenes. The result is an uneven film with musical numbers that seem to pop up out of nowhere, but at least West prevented the bankruptcy of her friend Ratoff. Musical numbers include "Just A Stranger In
Town," "Hello, Mi Amigo," "The White Keys and the Black Keys," "There Goes That Guitar" (Henry Meyers, Edward Eliscu, Jay Gorney), "Antonio" (Leo Huntley, John Blackburn, Fabian Andre), "The Caissons Go Rolling Along" (Edmund L. Gruber), "There Goes My Heart" (Benny Davis, Abner Silver).
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