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Real estate agent Roberta Crawford wants to tear down the Vanguard, a nightclub owned and operated by a group of young performers, and replace it with an office building. Vicki, Roberta's niece, visits the club with Roger Kelly, her arrogant and spoiled boyfriend, and becomes attracted to Mel Hudson, the singer who is determined to keep the club going. On Vicki's 21st birthday, she announces her independence from her aunt and takes a job at the club. Despite Roberta's harassment, the club continues to operate until it burns down. Vickie accuses her aunt of arson, but Mel explains that faulty wiring caused the fire. Roberta then has a change of heart, offers to provide better facilities for the club, and gives a lavish birthday party for Vicki.