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Singer Eric Land, dancers Sally and Phoebe Mason, violinist Rubinoff and their orchestra perform for an unimpressed bus driver as their bus approaches New City in a rain storm. In town, when they are told that they must wait two hours to change buses for New York, where Eric hopes to get a chance to sing on the radio, manager Ned Lyman happens upon a political rally for gubernatorial candidate Judge A. Darrius Culliman. After witnessing most of the crowd leave in the middle of the judge's boring recitation of his past achievements, Ned convinces the judge and his handlers to hire his musical company to give free shows before the judge's speeches to liven up the events. After the first performance, however, the crowd boos the judge and demands to hear Eric sing again. Because of this, Ned is forced to fire Eric, with whom Sally has begun to fall in love. In the next town, Capitol City, when the judge is too drunk to go onstage, Eric is persuaded to give an ad lib performance, which captivates the crowd, including Kay Kruger, the wife of the leader of the judge's party. Convinced that the public is fed up with politicians, Kruger and his cohorts, Casey and Maxwell, try to talk Eric into running instead of the judge. Eric scoffs at the idea until Sally points out that while he may have no chance to win, the publicity might make him into a radio star. He then agrees to run on the guarantee of a radio hook-up and one song with every speech. Eric proves to be very popular, not only with the voters, but also with Mrs. Kruger, which irritates and saddens Sally. To combat Eric's campaign, the incumbent, Governor Wildman, engages Paul Whiteman and his band to perform at his rallies. On the Sunday before the election, after Eric has kept Sally waiting three hours, he promises they will go someplace alone, when Mrs. Kruger calls and invites him for dinner. He turns her down, but as he and Sally enter the lobby of their hotel, he is called to the phone again. This time Mrs. Kruger says that her husband just phoned asking her to have Eric meet him in ten minutes to discuss something important. Not wishing to provoke Sally's jealousy, Eric tells her that Ned wants him, but after he leaves, Sally sees Ned come into the lobby. At the Kruger home, Mrs. Kruger confesses that her husband is not coming home that night. Eric answers her advances by saying that he wants to marry her, but she says that she would be a fool to give up what she has and that she only wants an affair. She then realizes that Eric is joking and orders him out. Back at the hotel, Eric finds that Sally does not answer her phone. When Kruger's men ask him to sign a paper stating that once he is governor, he will give appointments with opportunities for easy graft to those who have contributed to his campaign, Eric refuses. He then finds a note from Sally saying that she is leaving because he lied to her. On the eve of the election, Sally listens to Eric's speech over the radio from a diner. Eric exhorts voters not to vote for him and reveals the agreement that he was asked to sign, which would have diverted millions of dollars to Kruger and his associates. As Eric sings "Thanks a Million," Sally is deeply moved. Afterward, because he has not heard from Sally, Eric refuses Ned's advice to leave to escape retaliation. When she arrives, they speed toward the state line followed by an army of motorcycle cops. At a roadblock, their car is stopped, and Eric is congratulated on being elected governor. The police then escort him and Sally to an altar and join them in song.