Struggling New York music publisher Bill "Brains" Watson convinces
the Apex Film Company to produce a film based on the life of his
partner, songwriter Danny Lee. 'Brains', however, has told the
filmmakers that the Brooklyn-born Danny, whose real name is Danny
Grant, is a descendant of the famous Southern Josh Lee family. After
Danny agrees to participate in the hoax, Brains hires Southern belle
Dixie Hollister (Anne Gwynne) to tutor Danny in the South's language and manners.
When he arrives in the South, Danny, much to his chagrin, is given a
hero's welcome and soon finds himself attached to Dixie's old
friend, Annabelle Hatcher. Danny then learns that the Hatchers have
been feuding with the Lee family for years, and is forced to dress
as a woman in order to sneak out of the Hatcher home and avoid being
shot by Annabelle's brothers, Ernest and Jay. Later, Danny becomes
the house guest of Southern aristocrat Colonel Andrew J. Morgan, an
old friend of Josh Lee.
After a week of Morgan's hospitality, Danny
is coerced by Brains into romancing Morgan's daughter Barbara Ann.
Brains then arranges Danny's engagement to Barbara Ann, unaware that
Danny and Dixie have fallen in love. The Morgans hold a masked ball,
during which Morgan plans to announce the engagement over a national
radio broadcast. Danny tries to tell the truth to Morgan before the
broadcast, but Brains stops him by knocking the songwriter
During the radio broadcast, however, Dixie tells Morgan
the truth about Danny's heritage, and the colonel exposes the hoax.
Danny, Dixie and Brains then escape from the Morgan home and return
to New York, where they learn that the filmmakers are actually
thrilled with the turn of events and now want to film Danny's life
story as a comedy.
On a train to Hollywood, Danny is reunited with
Dixie, who, having been hired as a technical advisor on the film,
begins her assignment by teaching the songwriter how to kiss.