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A small-town girl finds love on the road to Broadway stardom.
On a New York-bound bus, three young entertainers, S. F. "Foxy" Rogers, Joyce Campbell and Hannah Holbrook, curse their agent, Lew Conway, for booking them into a showboat revue in Vermont, which flopped after three days. Broke and hungry, the women eagerly greet Broadway hopeful Nancy Peterson, who boards the bus in Pelican Falls after a rousing sendoff, and share her box lunch. At the New York bus terminal, Nancy parts ways with the women, just as a discouraged singer, Dan Carter, arrives to catch a bus bound for home. Dan's fast-talking agent, Lew, rushes in to stop him from boarding by lying that the Vermont revue is a hit and needs a new leading man. As Dan is leaving the station with Lew, Nancy, who has discovered that her suitcase is missing, spots what she mistakenly believes is her luggage in Dan's hands and calls for the police. Nancy soon is reunited with her suitcase and apologizes, but when Dan graciously hails Nancy a taxi, the two suitcases are inadvertently switched. Later, armed with her bag, Dan tracks Nancy to a show business boardinghouse and learns that she has much in common with him. Dan then invites Nancy for a walk in Central Park and counsels her not to trust sophisticated, city-bred men. At Lew's place, meanwhile, Hannah, his long-suffering girl friend, berates Lew for his conniving ways, but becomes excited when he gets an idea to persuade Leo and Harry, owners of a Broadway delicatessen, to invest in a television act featuring Dan and the women. To that end, Lew arranges for actor Willard Glendon to impersonate Dennis McGiven, the producer of singer Bob Crosby's television show, and approach Dan in the deli. Glendon states that he admires Dan's voice and suggests that if he works up an act with some girls, they will be all but guaranteed a spot on Crosby's show. Leo and Harry witness Glendon's offer, and Dan and Lew convince them to sponsor the act. Nancy, who has joined the group, relays the good news to her parents in Pelican Falls, and soon the local newspaper is trumpeting her imminent television debut. Over the next few weeks, the group hones their act and Dan and Nancy fall in love. Lew, meanwhile, tries to see McGiven repeatedly, but is turned away. Just as Dan and the others begin to wonder if they will get their audition, Lew has Glendon show up at rehearsal posing as McGiven to announce that he has arranged for them to perform the act at a benefit, which Crosby is to attend. Although the benefit goes well, Glendon informs the group that Crosby is not interested in hiring them because Dan is too good a singer. The next day, an outraged Nancy storms onto Crosby's television studio set and denounces the singer. When a confused Crosby introduces Nancy to the real McGiven, however, Nancy runs off in tears. Humiliated and broken, Nancy then packs and heads for the bus station. At the same time, Dan shows up at the television studio to confront Crosby and learns that McGiven has been trying to contact him for months and would like him to appear on the show. Having finally gained admittance to the studio, Lew overhears Crosby say that he cannot use Dan on that night's show because he has already filled with spot with a French acrobatic team. Posing as a makeup artist, Lew locks the Frenchmen in a room, forcing Crosby to book Dan. With only an hour until air time, Lew discovers that Nancy is on a bus bound for home and jumps on board to retrieve her. Nancy refuses to believe Lew at first, but when the bus passes by a store selling televisions and she sees Dan singing opera on Crosby's show, she and Lew hop off and rush to the studio. Nancy arrives just in time to join Dan, Hannah, Foxy and Joyce on stage, and after their triumphant debut, she and Dan enjoy a long kiss.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||Los Angeles opening: 1 Nov 1951; New York opening: 21 Nov 1951|
|Release Date:||1951||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Color (Technicolor)||Distributions Co:||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
|Sound:||Mono (RCA Sound System)||Production Co:||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
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