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Freddy Merkle, a simple-minded delivery boy, is incapable of finishing any of his artistic projects. His attempt at painting is half completed, his sculpture of a horse has only a rear end, and his original sonata consists of only a few opening bars. However, when his delivery motorcycle is destroyed in a collision with a circus elephant, Freddy decides to enter a song-writing contest in San Francisco. Encouraging him is Duke, a fast-talking con man who hopes to get part of the $2,500 prize money. Disaster strikes when Freddy's piano is repossessed and then sold by a finance company. Duke and Freddy retrieve the piano from the new owner by claiming that it must be removed for tuning. With the inspiration of his girl friend Ginny and the help of a cat that runs across the piano keyboard, Freddy completes his sonata; but the music is blown away by the wind. Disconsolate, he tries to commit suicide, but in typical fashion, he bungles the job. Unknown to him, a kindly priest has found his music and entered it in the contest. Freddy later learns that he is a finalist in the competition and races to Golden Gate Park to receive first prize.