Angie Rossini, a Macy's salesclerk, finds out that she's pregnant and returns to the joint where she met Rocky Pompasano, the one-night stand who got her that way. Rocky, a jazz player, doesn't even remember her at first. Angie tells him that she's going to get an abortion and needs help with the finances. Rocky, a basically decent guy, agrees to do what he can, even asking his current girlfriend Barbie, a stripper, for a loan. On her side, Angie lives with her parents and brothers and hasn't told them the news yet. They want her to marry and settle down and try to set her up with a cook named Anthony.
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Angie and Rocky pool enough money for the operation and Rocky escorts Angie to the secret meeting place, which is dingy and disreputable looking. They learn the abortionist isn't a doctor. Angie goes through the door, but after a minute, Rocky can't stand it and bursts in to protect Angie before anything is done and she cries in his arms. When she cleans up in his apartment, Barbie finds them out and breaks it off with Rocky.
Later, Angie's family is told of the pregnancy and naturally her brothers want to clobber Rocky, but he meets both them and her parents. Rocky makes up his mind to marry Angie and make an honest woman of her, but she refuses, wanting the real thing with "bells and whistles." Anthony hears of her trouble and shows his good soul by telling her he'll marry her and give the child his name. Angie is touched, but now she's made up her own mind. She moves out and gets her own apartment. One of her first guests is Rocky, who finds himself more and more attracted to Angie. He makes a pass, but Angie, wary of passion without meaning, cools him off. To properly woo Angie, Rocky comes up with a plan to play some bells and whistles of his own.