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Forced to work in a Piccadilly nightclub, American singer Louise Latimer grows despondent over her lowly position. One night, she attracts the attention of soldier Douglas Heath, whom she scolds for his drunken inattention to her number. Although her current boyfriend, theatrical producer Bert Lawrence, has promised her a big part in a play, Bert now unhappily tells Louise that his boss, E. E. Cartwright, has canceled the original play in favor of a show about aircraft factory workers, and plans to choose the cast from actual factory employees across England. Soon after, actress Emmy Finch reveals that she plans to quit the entertainment business and work in an aircraft factory. Louise, realizing she might have a better chance of procuring a cast position by posing as a factory worker, goes along with Emmy. Once they are trained, they travel to the factory and are assigned to room with an unpleasant young woman named Janie Brooke, whose boyfriend Sam Keats, another factory worker, soon takes up with Emmy. Meanwhile, Douglas is appointed supervisor of the plant, and though he continues to pursue Louise at night, he treats her brusquely at work. Louise is unfriendly to Douglas, but at a fair attended by all the factory workers, he admits that he admires her for helping when she did not have to, and they fall in love. After Cartwright holds his tryouts, and Louise wins a part, Bert proposes to her, but she gently puts him off. Then outside her apartment, Bert encounters Douglas, who informs him that he is engaged to Louise. A wounded Bert tells Douglas that Louise is only concerned with starring on the London stage and that she took the factory job just to participate in the tryouts. Janie overhears their conversation and spreads the story at the factory. When Louise arrives for work, all the workers, including Douglas and Emmy, spurn her, a turn of events that leads Louise to question her values. Later, when Douglas unintentionally causes a work accident, Louise takes the blame and resigns her job. Before she leaves, Emmy scolds her, pointing out that other people sacrificed their careers to help the war effort. But after Douglas confesses that the accident was his fault, he, Sam and Emmy decide to clear Louise's name. They track her down at the nightclub, and there Douglas convinces her to marry him and return to the factory until the war is over.