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Mrs. Ambrose Charteris is a Louisiana aristocrat down on her luck. Although she is forced by financial necessity to sell the life story of her colorful ancestor, Britt Conway, Mrs. Charteris is determined not to let playwrights George Kimbro and Stephen Mont know the whole truth about Britt's scandalous behavior. Therefore, when Steve, George and George's wife Valerie come to the Charteris mansion in order to research their play, they are surprised to find that the information for which they have paid so much money is not forthcoming. Mrs. Charteris reveals only the mildest details of Britt's life, and when she tells her granddaughter Julie about her plans to destroy Britt's diary, Julie takes the diary herself for safekeeping. While Steve quickly falls in love with Julie, George and Valerie become increasingly frustrated by their lack of progress with the play. Soon, Mrs. Charteris tells them that she will allow them to stage the annual Britt Conway music festival. Valerie, meanwhile, learns that bistro owner Marcelle Conway is the great-granddaughter of Britt and his second wife and true love Marceline Ducert. Cajoled by Valerie, Marcelle attends a meeting of the music festival committee at Mrs Charteris', but she is roundly snubbed and leaves with George, Valerie and Steve. She then tells the writers the vivid tales of Britt's life, and they soon come up with a preview of their play, which they mount at the festival with Marcelle in the lead. Again, Mrs. Charteris voices her disapproval of the story, and an embarrassed Julie tries to make up for her grandmother's insensitivity by offering Marcelle the diary in exchange for the actress' promise not to reveal her source. With this new information, the writers further improve their play, and they go to Broadway to mount a highly successful version. After the final curtain, Steve learns that it was Julie who gave Marcelle the diary, and as he rushes to the train station to go to her in Louisiana, he runs into Julie, who was on her way to visit him in New York.