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Rupert Street has two ambitions which he hopes to fulfill in the 6 weeks remaining before his 30th birthday: to write a hit musical and to get married. His job playing piano in a nightclub owned by Jock McCue leaves him little time to compose, however, and he finds that there is a shortage of eligible women. When Louise Hammond, an art student, moves into his boardinghouse, Rupert falls in love with her. Louise visits him at the nightclub with her boyfriend Paul, and Rupert gets his arm broken in a fight with the young man. Oscar, Rupert's friend, hurries the injured musician to Dublin to work on his musical, and Louise returns to her native Birmingham. Thinking only of Louise, Rupert cannot concentrate until an Irish storyteller gives him the inspiration for his musical, which he then quickly writes. Rupert goes to Birmingham to find Louise; he is followed by Herbert Greenslade, a detective hired by Rupert's agent, Victor, to bring him back to London in time to sign a contract. Though Louise is enraged to discover that Rupert applied for a marriage license even before they met, she eventually consents to marry him; furthermore, his musical is a success--all before Rupert's birthday.