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When Dusty, an irresponsible tenant at Moms's theatrical boardinghouse, tries to sneak Steggy, a man in an ape suit, into his room, Moms scolds him and reminds him to pay his overdue rent. Later, after singer Lila Foster arrives looking for a room, Boo Boo, an alcoholic tenant, enters Dusty's room to drink his gin, is startled by the apeman and runs off. When Moms is told that she has until midnight to pay the money she owes the landlord, her boarders, including Lila, who has taken over the room vacated by Boo Boo, band together and decide to pool their money. They soon realize that they do not have enough money, but the landlord sees the pretty Lila and offers to postpone Moms's debt if Lila consents to marry him. He then gives Lila twenty-four hours to make a decision. Moms and the boarders pin their hopes on Lila to save them, but she is in love with singer and fellow boarder Jerry Lewis. Lila and Jerry try to save Moms's boardinghouse by putting on a show with their fellow boarders, however, Lila's producer friend, Norman Norman, has been spooked out of show business by a fortune-teller's warning. Desperate to keep the show from being canceled, Jerry and Lila arrange a second fortune reading, with Moms impersonating a fortune-teller, and succeed in dispelling Norman's fears. The show is a great success, and when the landlord returns, Moms pays him with the money her boarders have earned. With the boardinghouse no longer threatened, Lila and Joe become engaged, and Moms resumes her harassment of Dusty.