Cast & Crew
After getting in a fight with his buddy and convincing the policeman not to press charges, a penniless Mantan takes a job from Mrs. Ruby Dawson, owner of a quaint country inn. Mantan is attracted to Ruby and is quite content with his job as clerk. Just as his friend J. B. arrives and shows Mantan his monogrammed wallet stuffed with five one-hundred dollar bills, a young woman in the lobby yells for the police, saying that she has been robbed of her monogrammed wallet. The policeman gives the wallet to the young woman along with J. B.'s new watch, which she also claims to be hers. When Ruby returns, Mantan brags that he and J. B. fought off seventeen gun-toting burglars, and Ruby, impressed, hires the now destitute J. B. to be the house detective. One-Lung, a Chinese laundry owner, then arrives and says that he needs to rent a room, as his entire shop has burned down, incinerating all of his customers' clothes, including Mantan's. Mantan cannot understand One-Lung's English, but when the launderer dances like Bill Robinson, Mantan decides he is a "hep-cat" after all. Meanwhile, Gat Dawson, Ruby's husband, returns home after spending seven years at the penitentiary. When he meets Mantan, he informs him that he was in show business before becoming a mobster, and the two take turns doing impersonations and recitations. When Gat and Ruby reunite, Gat demands to know if she has been faithful and declares that he will kill her if she wasn't. She swears that she has been true, but the two get in a fight nonetheless. When she then informs him that he has to get a job, he is shocked and hurt. He tells her he has a better plan: they will stage his death and raise money at a wake. The wake is announced and all the hotel's residents show up. While playing cards, One-Lung sees the supposedly dead Gat sit up and tells J. B., who decides to investigate. Gat thinks Ruby, Mantan and J. B. have tried to double-cross him, and he holds them up at gunpoint. The policeman arrives and pulls a gun on Gat and promises to send him back to the penitentiary. Mrs. Dawson says she will depend on Mantan from now on, and Mantan proudly tells the policeman that the hotel now belongs to him.
Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a dialogue continuity deposited with the NYSA. Lawrence Criner's character name is listed in the continuity's credit page as "Smokey and Toughie," but is called "Gat Dawson" in the script. Exact release date information was not found, but the script was submitted to the New York censors on May 7, 1947 and, according to MPAA/PCA records at the AMPAS Library, the film was approved for distribution in Ohio in 1947. Modern sources add Anna Lucasta to the cast.