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Sweethearts of the U.S.A.

Sweethearts of the U.S.A.(1944)


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Patsy, a wartime aircraft plant worker, is always in trouble with her supervisor, Gilhooley, due to her incompetence. While attempting to explain a machine malfunction to Gilhooley, Patsy knocks herself out and dreams that she has been fired and cannot find work: At a nightclub where her roommate, Helen Grant, sings, Patsy meets Parky, a bungling detective who unwittingly assisted three crooks in robbing a bank. Helen is sad because her boyfriend, Don Clark, has been drafted, and although she is scheduled to move with the Phil Ohman Orchestra to New York, she and Patsy suddenly decide to join the WACs, but only Helen is accepted. Patsy helps Parky in his search for the bank robbers and, while driving, they pick up three men claiming to be electricians, but who are really the bank robbers. After the crooks steal their car, Patsy and Parky flag down another car and are greeted by Don and orchestra leader Henry King, both of whom have just been rejected for army service. Meanwhile, the robbers hide out in a deserted, haunted house, in which Parky also lives along with four ghosts--Napoleon and Josephine, a pirate captain and an old man. Patsy, Don, Parky and Henry decide to turn the house into a nightclub for workers at nearby plants. However, while rehearsals are in progress, a representative of the house's owner, socialite Mrs. Carver, tells them that they will have to leave. Patsy and Parky go to see Mrs. Carver, who tells them that the house belonged to her great, great grandfather. Mrs. Carver's daughter Loretta convinces her mother to allow Patsy, Parky and Don to convert the mansion they currently live in into a nightclub to help the war effort. The club becomes a big success and Helen, on leave, makes a guest appearance. Meanwhile, the robbers decide to case the Carver mansion looking for a safe, and once again, Parky helps them with directions. Later, when Loretta elopes with dancer Bill Craige, Mrs. Carver blames Parky. One night, while on her air warden rounds, Patsy approaches the haunted house just as the robbers, dressed as women, are about to leave. After the ghosts assist Patsy in capturing the trio, Parky and the local police chief arrive. Patsy receives a large cash reward, then walks away from her dream. To her surprise and relief, Gilhooley congratulates her on having found a way, albeit through her incompetence, to improve their production process. When Patsy shows him what she did to get the result, she knocks herself out again.