Cast & Crew
E. A. Dupont
Clark "Sandy" Stanford, heir to his father's soup company, has no flair for business. Particulary embarrassing is that Stanford Soup sales are down in New York, where an international sales meeting will be held in two weeks. Publicity agent Linda Craven, whom Sandy loves, comes up with an idea for a Stanford Soup Sweethearts contest. A "Mr. Manhattan" will be chosen to represent the men of New York and a "Miss Brooklyn" will be his bride. Each contestant must submit ten soup labels to qualify. Italian cook Joe Piso enters handsome soda jerk Bill Adams in the contest, against his wishes, for the one-thousand-dollar prize. Linda immediately chooses Bill from his photo and decides that Mr. Manhattan should pick his own wife. When Linda arrives at the drugstore to meet Bill, he throws a cake in her face and refuses to see her. Determined to have secured a Mr. Manhattan by the time the salesmen arrive the next day, Linda goes to Bill's boardinghouse. On the street, Linda agrees to mind a little boy's baby brother and is accused of kidnapping. When she is forced to take refuge from the child's hysterical mother in Bill's bathroom, he immediately grasps the situation and tells her that Linda is his wife and has been driven crazy by the loss of their son Hugo. Linda then finds a nine hundred dollar bill for Bill's airplane repairs and learns that he was a flier until he was grounded. He finally agrees to be Mr. Manhattan for five thousand dollars. The next night, the contest to pick Miss Brooklyn is broadcast over the radio as part of the sales convention. Linda tells Bill which woman to pick, but Bill instead chooses a brunette named Polly Marr, which infuriates Linda. The night's entertainment continues with a boxing match that Bill is to referee. When Linda goads him, Bill agrees to participate in the match blindfolded. When he is repeatedly punched, Linda enters the ring to help him and a brawl ensues. Eventually, Linda and Bill slip out for a beer and learn that they are from the same county in Wisconsin. Sandy, meanwhile, is relieved that Linda has not fallen for Mr. Manhattan, and she promises to marry him when the campaign is over. Linda then plans a romantic evening for Bill and Polly, during which Bill is supposed to propose. While Polly is detained with the elevator man, Linda and Bill flirt and he dares her to forget her job and be a human being in his presence. Eventually they kiss, but Bill is still not convinced that Linda has a mind for romance. Bill makes the obligatory proposal to Polly and leaves in anger. The next day while at work, Bill rehearses his lines for his staged proposal, while Sandy announces his and Linda's engagement at the sales meeting. Linda, however, says that big business is no place for a woman and admits a desire to be feminine and a gracious and empty-headed hostess. Instantly, she refuses to stage the Mr. Manhattan--Miss Brooklyn wedding and resigns. Joe then arrives with a cake from Bill and returns the prize money. Linda rushes to the drugstore and throws cake at Bill, which causes a store-wide food fight. Crawling on the floor to escape the melee, Bill and Linda find each other and kiss.
E. A. Dupont
William B. Davidson
Although Grant Richards is credited in the role of "Clark Stanford" in the film's written credits, he is referred to only as "Sandy" in the film. According to files in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, this film's story was initially rejected by the Hays Office because, in the words of Joseph I. Breen, Hays Office director, "it contain[ed] an excessive number of unnecessary scenes of drinking." The objectionable scenes were later altered to meet the Code. This film marked the screen debut of Stella Adler, of the famous Adler stage family, who used the name "Stella Ardler" in this film.