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Love and Learn

Love and Learn(1947)

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Struggling songwriters Jingles Collins and Bob Grant are unable to sell a song without an endorsement from a well-known band. After a failed attempt to demonstrate their talents to theatrical producer Hugo Bronson, Bob decides to return home to the small town where his mother lives. Jingles and his longtime girl friend Jackie then take Bob out on the town to celebrate his last night in New York City. Meanwhile, wealthy Barbara Wyngate, tired of having her life planned by her socially prominent mother, resolves to have one last fling before she marries her stodgy fiancé Willard. While her family attends the opera, Barbara goes slumming at Danceland. Because unescorted women are not allowed at the club, Barbara pretends to be a dance hostess. By chance, Bob, Jingles and Jackie are also at Danceland. Mistaking Barbara for the girl friend of the club's band leader, Linky, Jingles encourages Bob to try to persuade her to ask Linky to play one of their songs. Without revealing her real identity, Barbara explains that she has no influence with Linky, but she is attracted to Bob and later leaves the club with the others. Having fallen in love with Barbara, Bob decides to stay in New York and invites her to lunch the following day. In order to keep her identity a secret, Barbara rents a modest apartment, where she pretends to live. Later, Barbara throws a party for Jingle's birthday and asks her father to pick out a gift for him. Wyngate buys a cigarette case from Tiffany's, a gift that is far too extravagant to have been purchased by a supposedly unemployed woman. Bob's suspicions grow when Barbara gives Jingles and him a diamond bracelet to pawn so that they can use the money to publish their songs themselves. When Bob sees a newspaper report about a beautiful girl burglar, he immediately assumes that Barbara is a kleptomaniac, but after the police arrest the burglar, he is forced to find another explanation for Barbara's mysterious source of income. Barbara promises to explain everything that evening at dinner. Then she secretly asks her father for a check, which she uses to persuade music publisher Wells to publish one of Bob and Jingle's songs. Bob is so excited when Wells signs them that he rushes to Barbara's apartment to tell her the news. After Barbara's landlady tells Bob that Barbara never sleeps in her apartment, Bob sees Wyngate drop Barbara off at the apartment and mistakenly believes that she is a kept woman. Disillusioned, Bob returns to his mother's house and refuses to listen to Barbara's explanation. Even when their song becomes a big hit, Bob refuses to return to New York or to write more songs. Desperate to get his partner back to work, Jingles agrees to marry Jackie and asks Bob to be his best man. Bob takes part in the wedding but insists that he will leave town immediately afterward. When he learns that Barbara paid for publishing the song, however, Bob decides to confront her. In the meantime, Barbara has eloped with Willard. Wyngate, who dislikes Willard, clears up the misunderstanding between Bob and Barbara, and Bob and he rush off to stop the marriage. They arrive in the nick of time, and Bob and Barbara are married.