Cast & Crew
The Smoky Mountain Boys
When a statue is stolen from a small town antique store, the police immediately suspect Uncle Zeke, the town kleptomaniac. At the insistence of private detective O'Bleery, the police then rush to Zeke's home, the Harmony Inn, which is run by his nephew, Ted Gibson, who also lives there with his mother and grandfather. Unknown to the police, the statue, which is filled with uncut diamonds, actually has been stolen by criminals Van Vliet and Thorg. At the inn, meanwhile, country singer Roy Acuff, using the name Jack Jones, and his band audition for Ted. Although he likes their music, Ted does not have enough money to hire them because a new highway has bypassed the hotel and left it without customers. In addition, Ted has repaid stores for Zeke's thefts, draining what little money he has left. Roy, who is posing as the leader of a down-on-its-luck band as part of the "Who Am I Helping?" radio contest, persuades Ted to keep him and his band on as handymen in exchange for food. Trying to evade the police, Van Vliet and Thorg spot a sign for the Harmony Inn and decide that its out-of-the-way location makes it a perfect hideout. They arrive at the inn at the same time as Zeke, with the police in pursuit. While the police discover that Zeke has stolen a grandfather clock, the thieves hide the statue. The police identify the thieves' car as stolen, however, and take them to jail. At first Ted refuses to pay for the clock, but when Zeke reveals that he stole it for Ted's mother's birthday, he reluctantly sells his beloved horse to Dan Wallace, his fiancée June's father, in order to buy the clock. At June's urging, Ted then decides to sell the inn to Wallace, but when June later learns that it is his mother's birthday, she decides that he is heartless and breaks their engagement. That night, during Mother Gibson's birthday party, Zeke overhears Ted talking to Wallace and, realizing the trouble that he has caused Ted, decides to rob a bank. Roy and his band want Ted to win the $100,000 contest so that he can keep the inn, and do their best to help him discover their true identity. They even turn on the radio so that Ted will hear the contest broadcast. Five minutes before the contest ends, Ted guesses Roy's identity and tries to call, but before he can complete the call, the police arrest him, at O'Bleery's instigation, for the theft of the statue. Meanwhile, Zeke has been listening to the program over the car radio and calls the station with the correct answer. While the police are at the inn, Van Vliet and Thorg escape from jail and head for the inn to retrieve the statue. Before they arrive, June and Ted, who have been reconciled, accidentally find the statue and hide it in the grandfather clock. When the thieves fail to find the statue, they hold Grandpa and Zeke hostage. Roy searches for Zeke, who is to accept the prize money on the program, which is being broadcast from the inn, and he, too, is taken captive. The three captives finally overcome the thieves, but O'Bleery finds the statue in the clock and accuses Zeke of stealing it. Just then, Roy and Grandpa turn over the real crooks, and things end happily as Ted is now able to keep the inn.