A cheerful musical about life on the banks of the Wabash River. Mary Martin and Dick Powell recreate their roles as Sally and Paul.
Wearing a suit of tar and feathers, Paul wakes up just outside Jonesville, Illinois. Colonel Chucky’s cough medicine works wonders to strip away the tar. The colonel and May take on Paul as part of their traveling medicine show. Sally is impressed by the catchy tune Paul plays in the show. Later, Paul goes to see Sally as she sings, Toast of the Town. Will he write a song that will be good enough for the big time? When it gets attention, is it because of his music, or her words?
Initial meetings of Paul and Sally have been more of clashes with sparks flying. Now, her producer wants to include the flashy Paul into the act. With a second song under his belt, Paul and Sal begin harmonizing together. They begin to soften up towards each other in other ways, and a love blooms. Will bumps in the road mean they part ways on their own roads of entertaining the masses? Harmless pranks could wind up being more costly than expected when sabotaging wardrobes land them before a judge.
Careers resume, and Sally sings On the Banks of the Wabash. After his fling with the Countess, Paul tries to make amends, but will Sally accept his diamonds? What will it take to break it off with a Countess… a dual… getting married? Sally seems to be a success on her own, but Paul finds out he isn’t nearly as good without her in his act. What will it take to reunite them? How about a song, My Gal Sal.