Amateur inventor Joe Belden has his Indiana hometown in a tizzy over his new "horseless carriage" in 1895. It runs on gasoline, but the townspeople aren't impressed and only Joe's mom and his sweetheart Liz Bullitt are supportive.
Mechanical breakdowns make Joe even more unpopular with some, including Liz's father, who prefers his daughter's other suitor, Ivy Leaguer Cyrus Ransom, Jr.
A $5,000 first prize in a road race attracts newfangled contraptions from all over the land. Cy enters one himself that runs on ether and cheats in every way he can to drive Joe off the road. He succeeds, but Liz comes to the rescue and joins Joe all the way to the finish line—well, almost all the way.Red Skelton as Joe Belden
Sally Forrest as Liz Bullitt (singing voice was dubbed by Gloria Gray)
Macdonald Carey as Cyrus Ransom, Jr.
William Demarest as Harvey Bullitt
Monica Lewis as Daisy Lou
Raymond Walburn as Mayor Fred Haskell
Jane Darwell as Mrs. Belden
The film was an original script by George Wells. Van Johnson was at one stage intended to star.I'd Like to Take You Out Dreaming
Performed by Macdonald Carey and ChorusLorelei Brown
Performed by Monica Lewis and Chorus, introduced by Herbert Anderson and Sally ForrestGoin' Steady
Sung by Macdonald Carey, Monica Lewis, Sally Forrest, Red Skelton and ChorusSpring Has Sprung
Performed by Red Skelton and Sally Forrest (dubbed by Gloria Gray)Get a Horse
Performed by Macdonald Carey, William Demarest and ChorusThat's for Children
Performed by Monica Lewis, Red Skelton and ChorusLorelei Brown (reprise)
Danced by Sally Forrest and ChorusSpring Has Sprung (reprise)
Sung by Sally Forrest (dubbed by Gloria Gray)
According to MGM records the film earned $1,645,000 in the US and Canada and $653,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $501,000.