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I Surrender Dear(1948)

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At Los Angeles radio station KXIW, station president R. H. Collins yells at program manager George Rogers, reminding him that other stations are doing very well with the newest trend in disc jockeys--popular band leaders--and that he wants Rogers to find one to replace longtime disc jockey Russ Nelson. Collins does not think that Nelson is popular or modern enough to bring in new accounts, but Rogers maintains that Nelson always puts on a good program. Meanwhile, in one of the station's studios, Russ finishes his show and greets his daughter, secretary Patty, who has come to visit him. Patty wishes to become a singer, but Russ, knowing the difficulties inherent in show business, forbids her from pursuing her dream. Russ tells Patty to watch a show while he goes out, but instead of getting her a ticket, receptionist Trudy Clements informs Patty that band leader Al Tyler is holding auditions for a new singer. Patty rushes to Al's nightclub, where his publicist, Tommy Tompkins, presents her ahead of the other singers because she is so pretty. Al is impressed with Patty, who says that her surname is Hart, as she does not want her father to learn of her audition. Al hires her and states that the band will be leaving for Rio de Janeiro the next day. Patty returns home, where she confesses the truth to her mother. Mrs. Nelson is happy for her, and helps Patty convince Russ that she is moving to New York immediately for her job. Patty then accompanies the band to Rio, where Al teaches her to be a polished singer. The couple fall in love, and when the band moves on to Philadelphia, Al throws a party to announce his and Patty's engagement. That night, Patty learns that Russ is being replaced by Al, who took the job without knowing that Russ is her father. Patty returns to Los Angeles without leaving an explanation for Al, and in order to make Russ's last three weeks more pleasurable, she offers to go on the air with him. Russ, who has learned of his daughter's singing career and is very proud of her, is thrilled to have her on the show, during which she sings along to the records he plays. The show becomes a big success, and the advertisers who had wanted Al to replace Russ no longer wish to sponsor him, and instead want to back the "Russ and Patty" show. Al, who has arrived in Los Angeles, is furious when Collins tries to break his contract, and when he hears Patty singing, he assumes that she has deliberately attempted to sabotage his career because he is replacing her father. Patty genuinely believes in Al, however, and gives him a good plug during Russ's show, reminding the listeners to listen to Al's new show next week. When Al hears her endorsement, he realizes that he was wrong about her and schemes to help her and Russ. Tommy arranges for Al's band to re-organize and travel to Los Angeles, where they soon are providing the music for a new program: "Al Tyler and his orchestra, with Russ and Patty." The program is destined for success, and Al and Patty happily sing together during their first broadcast.