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When down-on-his-luck Broadway director Elwin "Bix" Bixby is offered a job by producer Harry Eberhart, Bix, who is estranged from Eberhart, turns the offer down sight unseen. After Bix's longtime girl friend, Eve Dillon, vows to leave him and take a job in Las Vegas, however, Bix agrees to talk to Eberhart. Eberhart wants Bix to direct the annual West Point "One Hundredth Night" show, which was written by Eberhart's nephew, Tom Fletcher. Bix, who hates West Pointers, having served under them in the war, again refuses the job. Eberhart then offers to have Eve's Las Vegas job canceled if Bix will convince Tom to perform in a Broadway production of his show. This changes Bix's mind and he leaves with Eve for West Point. Bix is impressed by the Academy's show and by Tom's talents but is continually frustrated by West Point regulations. During a quarrel, Bix hits a cadet and is almost fired, but the administration agrees to let him stay if he will become a cadet himself. When all of Bix's arguments fail to convince Tom to give up his military career for the stage, Bix invites movie star Jan Wilson to West Point to be Tom's date at the upperclass hop and recruits her to help persuade Tom to leave West Point. The more Jan listens to Tom's plans for the future, however, the less she is on Bix's side. Eventually, Jan and Tom fall in love. Meanwhile, Bix continues his West Point training and works on the show in his free time. When Bix learns that Jan and Tom have become engaged, he has her ordered back to California. Tom leaves the Academy to go after her, thereby jeopardizing his military career. After Jan tells Tom that her career plans will not allow her to marry him, Bix brings Tom back to West Point, where he is arrested and the show is canceled. Determined to save Tom's career, Eve learns that heads of state and diplomats can grant amnesty to cadets. Realizing that he was responsible for Tom's downfall, Bix resolves to bring the visiting French Premier to West Point to pardon the cadet. At first, the Premier refuses, but when Bix displays the Medaille Militaire that he won during the war, the Premier agrees to the plan. The show goes on, and Bix secretly arranges for Jan to perform in it. Tom and Jan are reconciled and plan to marry as soon as he graduates. Eberhart is furious when he learns that Tom will be staying in the military, and he becomes even angrier when the Academy presents Bix with the book and songs from the show so that he can produce it on Broadway.