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When the town of Hortonville is chosen as the site for an army base, newspaper editor Charles Conway writes a concerned editorial about the effect that the soldiers will have on high school girls like his seventeen-year-old daughter Janie. Janie compounds her father's worries when she accompanies her friend, Wilber "Scooper" Nolan, to a blanket party. Although the party is innocent, a photographer from Life takes pictures of the teenagers eating, dancing and necking. While Charles travels to Washington, D.C. in an attempt to obtain a needed printing press, the army moves into town. As feared, all the girls become preoccupied with the soldiers, and Charles returns home to find a picture of Janie and Scooper kissing on the cover of Life . He also discovers his friend, John Van Brunt, ensconced in the family guest room because the hotel was commandeered by the army. Then Lucile, Charles' wife, gets a call from her old friend, Thelma Lawrence, a widow, whose son Dick, an army private, is now stationed in Hortonville. On an impulse, Lucile invites Thelma to stay with them. Expecting to hate Dick, Janie is pleasantly surprised to find that he is very attractive, and Dick returns her feelings, causing Scooper to become jealous. After telling Janie how much he cares for her, Scooper swears that he is through with women. When Dick and Janie learn that the adults are all going to an American Legion dance, they make a date to spend the evening together. Their plans are thwarted, first by Janie's younger sister Elsbeth, who proclaims her intent to stay up all night, then by Janie's girl friends, who have invited their dates to meet them at Janie's house as their own parents refuse to let them go out with soldiers because of Charles's editorial. After Janie convinces Elsbeth to spend the night with their grandmother, Dick accompanies her to the bus. In the meantime, Scooper calls the base and invites all available soldiers to a party at Janie's house to prevent her from being alone with Dick. Making the best of it, the girls in turn invite all their friends, and April, the Conway's maid, happily cooks enough hot dogs to feed everyone. Still intending to stay up all night, Elsbeth directs Dick to the wrong bus, where they meet Professor Reardon, a former teacher of Dick's and the man responsible for allotting a printing press to Charles. Dick entrusts Elsbeth to Reardon and hurries back to Janie's to find the party in full swing. The neighbors complain about the noise, and the party breaks up just before Janie's parents and the military police arrive, leaving the house in a terrible mess. When a colonel from the base arrives to survey the damage, Janie makes an impassioned speech in defense of the soldiers, and after Elsbeth brings Reardon home, everything is happily resolved. Soon the soldiers are sent overseas, but just as they say goodbye, a group of Marines marches into town.