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  • A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle.

  • Independent radio station WPX is losing its important ad accounts to network stations and is about to go belly-up. One of its most important accounts is the Farraday Trading Post, a "swap shop" in a Connecticut suburb. Ferdinand Farraday, entirely devoid of business acumen, accepts the decree of his nephew, David Farraday, that their sponsorship of a radio program be discontinued. Station manager Harrison rushes to Wyndham Ferry, flanked by two of his performers, Pat Abbott and Judy Abbott, to save the account. Harrison quickly sizes up Uncle Ferd as an unqualified screwball and contrives to trade his insolvent station for the Farraday Trading Post. Television takes the country by storm and all radio stations, if they are to survive, are obliged to install expensive television equipment. Uncle Ferd borrows money and places the Wyndham Trading Post, which he no longer owns, as security. This makes it vitally necessary for the Farradays to make the station profitable within the ninety-day period of the loan. Mrs. Emily Potter, a Brooklyn department store owner, is persuaded to sponsor a television program, but only if her daughter, Annabelle, be starred as a singer. Annabelle can dance up a storm on legs that stretch from Monday to at least Friday but singing is not one of her many attributes. No problem. David persuades Pat to supply the singing voice, while Annabelle appears on the television screen, singing into a dead mike. Annabelle becomes a big singing star and Pat is okay with this because she loves David. But, for publicity purposes, David must be seen in public frequently with Annabelle, and he thoughtlessly breaks dates with Pat to do so. Sister Judy is indignant but Pat refuses to expose the hoax. Judy, taking things in her own hands, switches controls during Annabelle's telecast, and Annabelle's real voice is heard. Pat becomes a singing star and Annabelle a show-stopping dancer.


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