Alan gets ready for breakfast, as he uses his new toaster, the one with the fancy whistles and bells. As he rounds out his meal with eggs and ham, he talks with his roomie, Jonathan Mildew the Shakespearean actor, about paying the rent. The new landlord stops in to introduce himself, and to let his tenants know that he means business. The skinflint of an old man won’t accept anything but getting his rent on time, or else.
Alan calls his rich friend, Hubert Updyke, for a favor, but the high society type is busy with his three butlers in the bathroom, helping in doing his washing, drying, and playing with his bathtub toys. The wealthy gent tells about his own financial woes, and he just can’t lend any more money.
Alan’s roomie, Jonathan encourages Alan to enter a radio contest, it pays just the right amount to cover the rent. The trouble is that it’s for married couples who have three children. As much as he would like to compete, Alan doesn’t see how he can. Will that detail stop him? We’ll find out right after the commercial.
Alan gets some advice from his married neighbors. The happily married couple manage to get into a knock down drag out fight before they can tell why they’re happily married. The next house has a newlywed couple. They go overboard in the opposite direction with cutesie baby talk. but Alan gets fed up with the adoring couple and moves along to the next house on the block.
The married couple in the next house shares with Alan a little eccentric behavior, but the woman of the house does seem happily married. What does she attribute it to? All her many kids. Hmm… to hear her talk, I’d say the children are the end result of the happiness.
The next house has a sweet Southern Belle, and Alan tries to explain the purpose of his survey. She puts a Southern slant on the topic of marriage, and although she doesn’t seem to be married, it doesn’t seem to keep the marriage jokes from flowing. Still in search of what makes a happy marriage, Alan goes to the newspaper building. He tries to ask the busy, and fast talking editor of the love lorn column about what makes a happy marriage. The man doesn’t have much good to say about his own wife. It’s amazing that he can offer any advice at all for his column.
With all his research, Alan goes home to compose his letter, but he finds out the radio has already selected a winner. His roomate has submitted the winning entry under Alan’s name, and the entry won. After the commercial, we’ll learn how Alan deals with trying to collect his prize in person.
There’s only one way to claim their prize from the contest, and that’s to pose as a husband and wife. Alan has his room mate, the Shakespearean actor put on womans clothing, and put his acting tallent to work. Now, it’s off to the studio where the other contestants are interviewed by the radio host. Will Alan be able to pull it off? It all depends on how he can manage to answer some questions.
In the radio studio Alan and his wife are introduced. The questioning proceeds fairly well, and things are looking good so far. A few discrepancies begin to pop up. The prize is about to be awarded, but there’s the slight matter of a photo to be taken of the happy couple kissing. A wardrobe malfunction exposes the truth, and alas, the prize goes to the runner up.
Tommy Dorsey. Yes Indeed.