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In 1927, when Betty Grable, who lives in a home for girls in New York, takes a field trip on a Staten Island ferry, she meets a musical trio led by Gene Austin, which makes its living by performing for the passengers and "passing the hat." After the ferry returns to New York, Betty, an aspiring entertainer, hides in a compartment and does not disembark with the other girls. Instead, she tries to prove her talent to Austin, but he is not interested in making his trio a foursome. Austin soon gains some recognition, while Betty travels across country to Hollywood, procuring food and lodging along the way. In Hollywood, Betty secures some film bit parts, but her career fails to take off. Later, at a party, Betty and some young friends are involved in a scavenger hunt, and Betty is assigned to get nightclub band leader Jimmie Grier's baton. After Betty finally comes up with the baton, she learns that if she had asked, she would have gotten it right away. Some time later. Betty and Walter King appear in an operetta about the utopian society of 1976 when citizens no longer have to work. However, the people, who have numbers instead of names, are tired of playing and revolt, eventually winning the right to work again.