Johnny Kovacs is a war hero who comes back home for a ten-day leave. Pursued by a woman who considers herself his fiance, he works with his superior officers to hide during his leave. He adopts the name Johnny O’Rourke, and finds a room at a theatrical boarding house. He becomes friends with some other boarders and falls in love with a woman. His friends overhear him talking to his officer on the phone. They misinterpret the conversation and conclude that he is a deserter. They push him into giving himself up and returning to duty. Confused by their behavior at first, he figures out what they are up to, and plays along.
Peggy and Bill are high society lovebirds, but their marriage plans are put on hold while Peggy spends most of her summer straightening out her wayward parents and her unlucky-in-love sister Janet. Mama and Papa are set to rights fairly quickly, but Janet’s the one with real problems. It seems she sent some compromising love letters to a worthless cad, and now the bounder wants to use the letters for blackmail. Peggy’s friend Roger and his flapper sweetheart Tootie hatch an elaborate plan to retrieve the incriminating letters and salvage Janet’s reputation.
An usher at a radio station studio pretends to be an executive at the station in order to help a pretty girl become a singer.
An American sailor comes to a seedy banana republic, and finds a fellow yank, a stranded girl, as a saloon singer. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding about her feelings toward the local dictator threaten their happiness.
Two small-town sisters who’ve come to New York City for very different reasons find themselves competing for the affections of a brash magazine photographer.
Victoria and Constance are the precocious daughters of big-city businessman Tom Peabody, long separated from his girls, who’ve been raised in the country, the widowed Peabody brings them to live with him in New York. Hopelessly out of step with her new “hep” friends, Victoria is introduced to the pleasures of swing music by brash Manhattanite Ricky. Meanwhile, the girls try to expedite the romance between their father and pretty secretary Edie Ives.
Talented youngster Pat Donahue Jr. is working in the Berkshires. He learns of a great part in New York City and auditions. But after winning the role he finds out it was originally intended for his father Patrick. The son is reluctant to do what’s right.
When Jimmie Monahan’s father is absent to aid the war effort, young Jimmie works hard to lift his family’s spirits. Finding he has a dancing and musical talent he organizes a show at the nearby aircraft plant to raise morale.