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Struggling writer Linda Prentiss returns home to New York City after conducting research for her latest book on the psychology of Eskimos in Alaska. While Linda works on her book, her husband Roger, a manufacturing executive, urges her to give up writing and start a family. Later, at a poorly attended booksigning, Linda meets burlesque dancer Margie LaVitte after she saves the bookshop owner from a holdup by Frankie, a gangster whom Margie knows. Linda invites Margie to her house, and after she admires Margie's exciting lifestyle, Margie suggests that Linda join her dancing troupe in order to gather life experiences for her writing. While Roger is in St. Louis for a business convention with the company president, Sam Thompson, Linda goes on tour with the Bijou Follies with Margie and Professor Lamberti, a xylophone player, to Chicago. Linda tells Roger that she is visiting "Daphne" LaVitte, an old schoolmate and the wife of a colonel. When Thompson is called to Chicago to meet with Jim Benson, a manufacturing magnate, Roger joins him, hoping for a promotion. Hoping to find Linda, Roger looks up a Mr. and Mrs. Nunnally LaVitte. Assuming that Roger is having an affair with his wife, Nunnally engages him in a brawl and has him arrested. That night, Benson takes Thompson to Margie's show, and invites him to join him and Margie at a nightclub. Linda reluctantly goes along as Thompson's date, and is caught in a group souvenir photo. When Roger's arrest is announced in the evening edition of the newspaper, Linda gets him released by correctly pronouncing the name of the Czechoslovakian police sergeant, Hrubichka. Later, at a meeting with Benson and Thompson, Roger finds Benson's souvenir photo and finally realizes his wife has become a burlesque dancer. The three men attend the next show, and afterward, Margie pairs Roger with Myrtle, another showgirl, unaware that he is Linda's husband. The burlesque house is then raided by the police, and Linda tells them that Roger is a comic in the show. At the police desk, Linda explains to Hrubichka that she only joined the show to get "color" for her writing. Later, Linda's book, I Was a Burlesque Queen , becomes a bestseller, and Frankie, who is now reformed, arrives with Margie for a booksigning. Later, after Mrs. Thompson extols her husband's constancy at a dinner party, Linda blackmails Thompson into making Roger vice-president of the company.