Set in 1922,
the story revolves around the adventures of Millie Dillmount,
who escapes to New York City from Salina, Kansas determined to
marry her wealthy
boss - whoever he may be. Shedding her country girl image for
the modern look of a "flapper", she takes a room at
the Priscilla Hotel for Women and gets a job as a stenographer
at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. In short time, she finds
herself involved with Jimmy Smith, an apparently ne'er-do-well
paper clip salesman, Miss Dorothy Brown, a genteel aspiring actress
who never seems to have spare change, Trevor Graydon, her no-nonsense
boss, and Muzzy van Hossmere, a madcap heiress with a zest for
the high life.
Priscilla Hotel proves to be a front for a white slavery ring,
headed by Mrs. Meers, the property's proprietor, and her two bumbling
Asian henchmen. Her ideal target is an attractive orphaned girl
with no family who won't be missed if she suddenly disappears.
Millie, who gets mail from home on a regular basis, is hardly
a likely candidate, but Miss Dorothy (as she insists she be called),
who hasn't a
soul in the world, is perfect.
puts two-and-two together and realizes what has transpired, shedevises
a harebrained scheme to save her friend from the clutches of the
white slavers before Miss Dorothy is shipped to the Far East.
Before long, Jimmy's in drag, Trevor is drugged, and fireworks
are exploding everywhere in Chinatown, with all the chaos eventually
leading to a happy ending.