In this tender and touchingly humorous movie based on the acclaimed Broadway play, Scottie is a failed writer and a second-rate press agent. Terminally ill, he tries to reconcile with his estranged son before it’s too late.
An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn’t tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize winner but Joe can’t find it where he hid it from Nora, as the baby in the family found it also. The frantic search leads to the family being jailed.
Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother’s wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.
Wealthy New York banker Daniel Van Dyke summons his wild family to announce that he is ill and plans to plead guilty to charges of income tax evasion in order to go to prison and get a rest from their antics.