Naughty but nice dating
With music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Jerry Mercer, with acknowledgments to classical composers Richard Wagner, Johannes Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Lizst, the songs featured include: "Remember Dad" (sung by Jerry Colonna and Allen Jenkins); "Hooray for Spinach" (sung by Ann Sheridan); "I'm Happy About the Whole Thing" (sung by Dick Powell and Gale Page); "In a Moment of Weakness" (sung by Gale Page); "Corn Pickin'" (sung by Ann Sheridan/ jitterbug dancing by patrons); and "I Don't Believe in Signs" (sung by Ann Sheridan).
Only "Hooray for Spinach" would be a tune more to the liking of the famous cartoon character of Popeye.
Donald gets the shock of his life when he finds his composition changed to a jive number retitled "Hooray for Spinach" as sung by vocalist Zelda Manion (Ann Sheridan).
The disgrace finds Donald returning to New York to straighten out matters, only to be further tricked into having his compositions changed into top pop tunes that make it to Number One on the Hit Parade, which eventually leads to a courtroom case.
After becoming acquainted, Linda, a songwriter, takes Donald's classical compositions and changes it into swing music without his knowledge.
Upon his return to Winfield, Donald learns of the radio air-date as to when his composition is to be played so he and his college dean (Halliwell Hobbes), along with Professor Trill (Edward Mc Wade) can join in and listen.
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While there, he stays with his maiden Aunt Martha (Helen Broderick) who manages a speakeasy.
Donald then meets Linda Mc Kay (Gale Page) and Ed Clarke (Ronald Reagan), who mistake Donald for a waiter.
It is a big swing sensation and the partnership of Hardwick and Mc Kay crank out the hits until Zelda breaks up the team.
Zelda wants to sing the hot songs and have Hudson, the Home of the Hits, publish the music.