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Dum-Dum Brooks, a palooka fighter around Los Angeles, falls in love with Celia Fields, and they decide to marry in spite of the protests of his manager, Curly Bloom, and leave for New York. There Brooks wins a contract with promoter D. J. McCarthy and the admiration of Sonia Barondoff, an exotic socialite who is jealously guarded by her lover, Carlo Vesper. Over a period of 6 months Brooks wins 15 fights and is touted for a bout with the champion. Before the fight, Vester induces Brooks to drink heavily and precipitates a brawl in Sonia's apartment; the next morning, Brooks learns that Celia has left him and that he has been signed for the fight. But Brooks fights badly until Celia rises in the audience and roots for him, causing him to win. Celia leaves for California, but Brooks is reunited with her on the train, and together they renounce fame.