Cast & Crew
Ambitious young accountant Jefferson Cole moves from Kansas to New York City to find a job and remains optimistic despite the difficulties. One evening, a little wire-haired terrier watches Jeff eat in a diner then follows him to his boardinghouse, which is run by Mr. and Mrs. Franz Polgar. When Jeff sees a newspaper ad requesting the return of the dog to J. W. Barrett, a prominent businessman, Jeff is thrilled by his luck and takes the dog, "Nicholas," to the Barrett home. There he meets J. W.'s vivacious daughter Fredricka, who is so impressed by Jeff's enthusiasm that she convinces J. W. to offer him a job. Soon Jeff is ensconsed in the bill-checking department, but his determination to increase efficiency threatens his burgeoning romance with Freddie when he offhandedly remarks that J. W. should be running his business better. Jeff prepares a report showing that the checking department should be eliminated because it is not cost-efficient, but his supervisors refuse to listen. Frustrated, Jeff takes the report to Putnam Palmer, J. W.'s right-hand man and an ardent suitor for Freddie, but Palmer also dismisses him. Jeff finally gets the opportunity to show J. W. the report when he has to return Nicholas again after the dog follows him home one evening. Impressed with the potential savings, J. W. fires everyone in the checking department except Jeff, whom he transfers to another department and gives a raise. Jeff miserably watches his former co-workers pack up and accepts Freddie's stinging criticism that he and J. W. had not thought their plan through. Determined to get his co-workers' jobs back, Jeff makes a deliberate mistake that could cost the company thousands of dollars. Palmer catches the mistake, re-hires the checking department and fires Jeff. Freddie once again castigates Jeff for being a martyr, but he wins her support by telling her that a South American gold mine owned by J. W. has been losing money because of inefficiency and graft. J. W., Freddie and Palmer are about to leave on a vacation, during which they will visit the mine, but Freddie stalls for time while Jeff prepares a report. After J. W. reads Jeff's report, he decides to put Jeff in charge of the mine, and orders him to sail to South America with Freddie. In response to Freddie's protest that she cannot travel with Jeff without being married to him, J. W. summons the ship's minister, and everyone agrees that the way to succeed in business is to marry the boss's daughter.
Charles [g.] Clarke
Alexander G. Kenedi
Harry M. Leonard
The title of Sandor Farago and Alexander G. Kenedi's original story, as well as the film's working title, was "The Boy, the Girl and the Dog." Although some contemporary sources infer that the story, which was purchased by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1937, May not have been an original for the screen, no information has been located to confirm that it was previously published. According to a January 3, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item and the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Sol and Ben Barzman had been signed to write a screenplay for the film, but the extent of their contribution to the completed picture has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Frank Sully in the cast, but his participation in the release film has also not been confirmed. The Motion Picture Daily review asserted that the film's story was "cued by the remark of Professor Robert E. Rogers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that 'the only way for a young man to get ahead these days is to marry the boss's daughter.'"