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George Kellerman, a successful Dayton businessman, is invited by his company to visit their New York City offices and discuss his possible promotion to an executive position there. George and his wife, Gwen, fly to New York with the intention of having dinner there, spending the night in a luxury hotel, and after George's interview the next morning returning to Dayton. In the course of 24 hours, the Kellermans are beset with difficulties. Their plane is rerouted to Boston when air traffic and fog make landing in New York impossible; and in Boston the Kellermans learn that their luggage has been lost, and moreover, they must take a crowded train to New York. Tired and hungry, George and Gwen reach New York during a downpour and find that the city is in the midst of strikes by garbage collectors and transit workers. They walk the 10 blocks to their hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, only to find that, owing to the Kellermans' lateness, the hotel has canceled their reservation. A friendly stranger offers them accomodations, but he soon reveals himself to be a mugger and takes all their money. Destitute, they go to the police and are told they will be put up at the armory, but the police car which takes them to the armory is hijacked by robbers, who deposit the Kellermans in Central Park. They spend the night there and are again mugged and George's watch is stolen. The next morning two athletes mistake George for a rapist and beat him up. Later a mounted policeman chases George, who he thinks is a child molester. George hitches a ride with a passing motorist, whereupon the car, belonging to a Cuban diplomat, is assailed by demonstrators. George finally arrives at his interview, looking dirty and disheveled, and though he is offered the position he declines. The couple are soon aboard a plane to Dayton, only to find when they are aloft that the plane is being hijacked to Cuba.