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Paul Scotti, Charles Sullivan and Toby Brown are the members of a song and dance vaudeville act. Despite their talent, when their show closes, they do not even have enough money to get home. Charley overhears Earl Craft, a producer, send a telegram to actor Harold Seabrook, a notorious drunk, and gets an idea. He wires Seabrook that his services will not be needed because the part he was hired for has been filled. Then, pretending to be from Craft's New York office, he offers Scotti as a substitute. Charley's telegram does not prevent Seabrook from coming to town, however, and when he arrives with the police, Charley, Scotti and Toby beat a hasty retreat. In an effort to escape his pursuers, Charley decides to travel with Scotti and Toby to California, where he hopes to break into the movies. Charley secretly participates in a high wire stunt to earn travel money. Meanwhile, Toby tries to convince Scotti, whom she loves, to leave the two of them behind. Scotti also loves Toby but, believing that she returns Charley's affections, has never told her how he feels. Out of loyalty to Charley, Scotti refuses to leave his friends behind. When Scotti, Charley and Toby leave for California, they are accompanied by Giovanni Cellini, an Italian who raised Scotti after his parents died. The addition makes a serious dent in Charley's travel money and he encourages Cellini to befriend the wealthy Madame Rose, a fortune-teller and fellow bus passenger. When they arrive in Hollywood, they stay with Rose. Scotti obtains an audition at a roadhouse where they are heard by actress Mae La Rue and motion picture producer Roger Babcock. When a fight breaks out between the trio and the proprietor of the roadhouse, Babcock, who is secretly romancing Mae La Rue, offers Scotti a job in the movies. Scotti is a big success in his new career. To the disappointment of both Toby and Babcock, however, Mae and Scotti appear to have fallen in love. Charley, realizing that Toby is in love with Scotti and not with him, offers to intercede with Scotti on her behalf. At Charley's urging, Scotti tells Toby his real feelings and Charley is able to announce the engagement of Scotti and Toby.