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Albert the Great & Company, which is made up of Albert Norwick, wife Fay, son Bert and daughters May and June, are a comedy jugglng act on the vaudeville circuit, and with the assistance of their agent, Toby Helper, enjoy many good bookings. When vaudeville's popularity wanes, Albert and his family leave the business and settle in Waterfield, New Jersey. There Albert takes a job as a shipping clerk at the Boyd Appliance Co., assuming that the move will be temporary. The years pass and Albert, who is still working at Boyd, is promoted to assistant foreman in charge of operations. Although the now-grown children have good jobs, Albert still regards his tenure at Boyd as a long lay-off between bookings and continues to practice juggling with Bert. The girls are encouraged to participate in rehearsals as well but, by now, have other interests; May is being courted by public accountant Frank Doty, while June is dating Arthur Waldron, Jr., whose father owns the Waldron Bottle Works. One night, a telegram arrives announcing that May and Frank have eloped. Albert is disappointed that he is losing a member of the act, but Fay tells him that May would never have been happy on the stage. A few weeks later, Toby comes to visit with news that Billy Rose is planning a big revue which might have a spot for the family's act. When Toby asks Fay privately if she really wants him to book them, she replies that she wants Albert to be happy. Bert, meanwhile, has been working in the drafting department of East Coast Electric and there meets Helen Wallace, whose father is the plant's recreation director. Wallace is pleased by posters Bert has designed for the company's baseball club and tries to recruit him for the team, believing that his ability as a juggler will be useful in the sport. When June brings Arthur to meet the family, Albert, fearful of losing another member of the act, drives him away. Later, Albert is promoted to foreman and Bert joins the baseball team. Mr. Boyd, Albert's boss, invites the family to a dance at the country club. During the evening, Albert offers to present the family's act as entertainment. June runs off embarrassed, and Albert and Bert are forced to do the act alone. Later, after June and Arthur decide to get married, the act is reduced to Albert the Great & Son. However, the Billy Rose booking fails to materialize. Bert is then offered a scholarship to M.I.T. to study electrical engineering, and Albert encourages him to accept. Toby tells Bert in confidence that the act does not have have a chance with the "old man" in it and suggests that Bert do a "single," but he turns him down. When an old family friend, August Dinkel, shows up at the Norwicks' with an offer of a guaranteed sixteen-week booking at an open-air carnival in Denver, followed by some one-night stands, Albert accepts without consulting Bert. Later, Bert asks Helen to marry him and has to tell his father that he does not want to be part of Dinkel's engagement. Bert explains to Albert that he has been enjoying himself in amateur baseball and will soon be playing in a state championship game, and he does not want to lose the scholarship opportunity. Although Bert tries to convince Albert not to give up all the years he has invested in his job, Albert feels that the entire family has turned against him but is adamant about accepting Dinkel's booking. On the day of Bert's championship game, Albert is at the railroad station waiting to leave for Denver when he hears the sounds of the game nearby and goes to see it. After watching Bert lead the team to an exciting victory, Albert goes to congratulate his son in the locker room and decides not to go to Denver after all. A couple of years later, during an anniversary party for Albert and Fay, attended by May and June, their husbands and children, as well as Bert and Helen and their baby son, Toby congratulates Albert on becoming vice-president in charge of operations, transportation and personnel at the Boyd Company. To Toby, however, he will always be Albert the Great.