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His Butler's Sister

His Butler's Sister(1943)

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Broadway composer Charles Gerard is constantly harassed by stagestruck performers wanting to break into show business. When singer Ann Carter attempts to audition for him, she is sent to the wrong train compartment and ends up singing for a traveling girdle salesman instead. Ann then arrives in New York City and goes to Charles' estate, where she thinks her older half-brother Martin, who has told her he is a wealthy businessman, lives. In actuality, Martin is Charles's butler, and the composer mistakes Ann for the new maid. With the help of Severina, the cook, Ann forces her brother to hire her as a maid, and she immediately draws the attentions of Martin's friends: fellow butlers Popoff, Buzz Jenkins, Moreno, Reeves and chauffeur Emmett. That night, Charles has a dinner party whose guests include theatrical producer Mortimer Kalb, theatrical agent Fields, Lady Sloughberry and Elizabeth Campbell, Charles's socialite girl friend. Elizabeth, who disapproves of Charles' friends and associates, convinces him to stop working on his play and go with her to Maine. The next day, Charles gives Martin permission to fire Ann, so she decides to perform for the composer. Charles, however, mistakenly assumes her singing is coming from a nearby radio. Later, Ann tries to audition for Kalb, but he is more interested in her figure than her voice. Charles then arrives to tell Kalb that he is quitting the unfinished show, but Ann tells Charles that he will not be happy if he gives up his career. That night, Ann is invited to Popoff's birthday party at a Russian restaurant, where she is offered jobs in the households of her various servant suitors. Charles arrives at the restaurant just as Ann finishes singing a medley of Russian songs and tells her that he has decided to take her advice and finish Kalb's show. Charles and Ann quickly fall in love, but Martin fears that his employer is merely toying with his young sister. The overprotective brother tells Charles that the stagestruck Ann is only using him to advance her own career. Charles then breaks off his relationship with Ann and prepares to return to Elizabeth in Maine. Martin is fired as well, but convinces the heartbroken Ann to stay in New York with him, rather than return to their hometown in Indiana. The two go to the Butler's Ball that night, where Charles, as a non-servant, is refused entrance until he pretends to be Severina's cousin. The cook then informs her employer that Ann and Martin are siblings, and after hearing Ann sing, Charles realizes that hers is the voice he has been searching for, and the two are reunited.