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While breaking into the Union Bank safe, gangster T. Fennimore "Fenny" Sylvester overhears bank employee Annie Snodgrass singing "Your Mother" during an upstairs amateur variety show rehearsal. Moved to tears by the sentimental tune, Fenny decides to put the tin-eared Annie in a Broadway revue and uses numerous threats to coerce theatrical producer Adam Frink into staging it. To publicize the unknown star, the gang executes a phony kidnapping, which makes the front pages of the New York newspapers. However, Fenny's tough girl friend Ruby, herself an aspiring performer, resents the attention and opportunity showered on the homely, untalented Annie and blackmails one of Fenny's men into kidnapping her in earnest before the show's opening. Before Fenny discovers Annie's whereabouts, she is mysteriously kidnapped again and a $15,000 ransom is demanded. Fenny, the king of kidnappers, pays the ransom with chagrin and retrieves Annie in time for the show, whose box office and critical success have been guaranteed by the strong-arm tactics of the gang. Her ambition fulfilled, Annie returns to her faithful, timid boyfriend Oswald, who announces proudly his plans to use the $15,000 ransom he tricked out of Fenny to buy a tomato farm for two.