Music professor Gregory Tuttle and his three musical daughters live an idyllic life in the Connecticut suburbs, looked after by Aunt Jessie. The oldest daughter Fran has just got engaged to reliable realtor Bob Neary, Amy is admired by the romantic plumber Ernie, and bubbly Laurie is pursued by composer Alex Burke. Alex is boarding with the family while working on a Broadway musical and all are charmed by his breezy self-confidence.
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Into their life wanders half-starving piano-player Barney Sloan. Alex, who has brought him from New York to work on the musical, gets him a job playing in a bar. Aunt Jessie takes a liking to the cynical musician and makes him welcome. Laurie admires his talent, and tries to cheer him up and inspire his ambition, but he has been too discouraged by life even to finish a song he has been working on. When he sings at the bar (he is of course heartbreakingly good), he notices that only Laurie is listening.
At Gregory's birthday party Laurie and Alex announce their engagement; neither Amy nor Barney is happy at the news. While Amy stifles her feelings for Laurie's sake, Barney avoids the family, spending his time mooning over the piano at the bar. On her wedding day, Laurie visits him there to ask him to come to the ceremony. He movingly admits his love for her, and also reveals how Amy feels about Alex. When Laurie later sees Amy crying, she jilts Alex and elopes with Barney to New York.
The review of this Movie prepared by Maureen Evans