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Henrietta Smith, who is seeking a job without a lecherous boss in order to support her tippler father, Pop, arrives at the home of wealthy Gertrude Medford to interview for the position of social secretary. As she is waiting, Henrietta wanders into the kitchen, where plumber Fred Newcombe mistakes her for Gertrude's daughter and promptly delivers a lecture to her on how money has made her soft and purposeless. Amused and attracted to Fred, Henrietta plays along, assuring him that he is correct and helping him to repair the sink. When the butler, Davis, sees her crouching on the kitchen floor, however, he informs her that the post has been filled . The next day, Henrietta sees a help wanted sign in the plumber's shop across the street from her apartment, and upon applying, is surprised to discover that the shop belongs to Fred. Assuming that she has taken his advice to find a job to test her mettle, Fred hires her, sure that she will see the job as something more than just a paycheck. Henrietta claims that she wants to use the alias "Hank Smith" instead of the Medford name, and that night, Fred insists on driving her "home," which forces her to accept a ride across town to the Medford's house. There, she hides in the Medford yard until Fred drives away, then takes the bus home. Fred also decides to pick her up in the morning, so Henrietta rises at six o'clock to rush across town to be waiting for him. One day, Fred awkwardly asks Henrietta to a formal party, but not having any fancy clothes, she is forced to turn him down, after which a dejected Fred assumes she has a rich boyfriend. That night, after Fred drops Henrietta off, Gertrude watches from her window as she hides in the bushes. When Gertrude's husband Walter comes home, his hat blows off and he climbs into the bushes looking for it, prompting Gertrude to assume that Walter is having an affair with the strange girl in the yard. Later, after Henrietta worries to Pop that although she can no longer keep up the pretense of being a Medford, revealing the truth will hurt Fred's ego, Pop deduces that she is in love with her boss. The next day, the liquor store owner tells Pop he must pay back his fifty-dollar debt, and he goes to the plumbing shop to borrow money from Henrietta. Afraid he will blow her story, she pretends Pop is an annoying customer, but Fred ushers him into his office. There, Pop easily dupes Fred into believing that he is a retired colonel and builder who will help refurbish the shop for a fifty-dollar stipend, and a furious Henrietta cannot contradict him. That night, just as Gertrude spots Henrietta in the bushes again, Fred enters the yard to return some flowers Henrietta left in the car. When Walter then comes home and sees Fred in the yard holding flowers, he assumes that Gertrude is having an affair, and later the couple eat dinner without speaking. The next morning, after Henrietta runs across the Medford lawn to meet Fred, Gertrude calls her lawyer, John Ballinger, to obtain a divorce from Walter. Meanwhile, Walter goes home early to spy on his wife, and after hearing her call the plumber, believes Fred is her lover and so rushes to the shop to confront him. There, Henrietta spots him and begs Fred's assistant plumber, Al, to get rid of him. After Al fails, Fred invites Walter into his office, believing that Walter is angry about Henrietta working for him. Fred defends Henrietta's competency and eventually admits that he loves her, shocking Walter, who, thinking they are discussing Gertrude, soberly informs Fred that she is much older than he believes her to be. Walter convinces Fred that she is merely playing with him out of boredom and offers him $10,000, which a miserable Fred refuses to accept. Fred then mentions her "rich boyfriend," upsetting both of them further, and when Fred overhears Henrietta take a phone call from Pop, he assumes that is the nickname of her lover. Pop has actually called because his gin bottle, which he hides on the laundry line, has hit a neighbor on the head and led to his arrest, and Henrietta rushes to the police station before Fred can question her. Instead, he gets drunk with Walter, and when Henrietta returns to the office, she discovers the $10,000 check and storms out, assuming that Fred has accepted payment to fire her. Hours later, Ballinger calls Fred looking for Walter, and informs him that the Medfords have no children. Pop then runs into the office with a note from Henrietta, who has run off, revealing that he is her real father, prompting a chastened Fred to rush out to find her. Henrietta, meanwhile, goes to the Medfords' with her luggage and stops Walter outside his gate. Gertrude watches in horror from the window as Henrietta questions Walter, after which Pop arrives and shows Henrietta the uncashed check, which causes her to shout in joy and run off. Pop then appeals to Walter for a bank loan to refurbish Fred's shop, while inside Gertrude decides that she loves Walter too much to give him up, and vows to win him back. Hours later, as Gertrude and Walter cuddle together on their couch, Henrietta enters Fred's shop and hears him mooning over her. When she agrees with his assessment of her beauty, he sees her and sweeps her into his arms. After they kiss, Henrietta invites Fred to her apartment, which he is shocked to discover is just across the street.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||Los Angeles opening: 15 Jun 1952; New York opening: 27 Jun 1952|
|Release Date:||1952||Production Date:||
Mertz; EBXX; Univ 16mm
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Universal Pictures Co., Inc.|
|Sound:||Mono||Production Co:||Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.|
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