The film centers on Carol Lambert (Ruth Terry), a girl working at a cigar stand in a luxurious Palm Springs, Florida hotel. To the dismay of the hotel manager, Mr. Lovelace (Franklin Pangborn), Carol has been trying to get an audition with the hotel’s bandleader, Gene Ritchie (Robert Livingston). It’s also safe to say that Carol has a bit of a crush on Gene.
Carol ends up getting a surprise when her uncle, Colonel Ambrose Morgan (Alan Mowbray), comes to town with his pal Billy (Eddie Marr). Everybody, including Carol, is under the impression that Uncle Ambrose is a millionaire…in reality, he’s a penniless con-man. Still, he manages to convince the hotel’s elderly owner, Mrs. Whitmore (Isabel Randolph) that he is a VIP worthy of a large line of credit. Not only does he take up residence in the hotel, but he also treats his nieces to a huge shopping spree.
While having dinner in the hotel’s club, Uncle Ambrose convinces Mrs. Whitmore to instruct Gene Ritchie to let Carol sing a song. She completely wows the crowd, except for regular singer Mona St. Clair (Adrian Booth). Soon, Gene and Carol are head over heels for each other. All the while, Uncle Ambrose struggles to keep his con-game going as Mr. Lovelace and the jealous Mona St. Clair attempt to make life miserable for everyone.
The film comes in at only 67 minutes in length, but does a good job of making the most of it, mixing the music and the comedy effectively. Though the whole “cigar girl becomes famous” storyline is a little silly, but Ruth Terry is an appealing leading lady. With the exception of one number toward the end of the film, the musical sequences are pretty simple, but Terry manages to make them interesting.
You won’t end up humming this B-musical’s tunes for days, but you will spend 67 minutes tapping your foot and laughing a bit.