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Hattie Maloney, a nightclub singer in Panama City, tries to fit into the elite world of the American colony to which her fiancé, and single parent, Nick Bullett belongs. Her prospective marriage to Nick hinges on the approval of his precocious eight-year-old daughter, Gerry, as well as that of his boss. Gerry has been chaperoned on her trip from the States by Vivian Budd a 'gentleman’s gentleman' who gets bent to the breaking point by the wiles of Hattie’s best friend Florrie. Nick's boss, an Army officer/engineer, Whitney Randolph and the girls in the Canal "social set" — Leila, Kitty-Belle and Mildred —prove even harder to win over than does Gerry. So what’s needed are some major heroics and that is supplied when a plot to blow up the canal is foiled. Helping thwart the 'enemy' are three less-than-robust soldiers — Woozy Skat and Windy.
There has been some confusion over the years about the song "They Ain't Done Right By Our Nell." It was listed in the opening-night Broadway playbills, but was gone from the playbill by the following week. Because Betty Hutton later insisted that Ethel Merman had one of Hutton's songs cut before Broadway, it has been surmised that "They Ain't Done Right By Our Nell" was gone by opening night, and that it was in the opening-night playbill because it was cut too late to be removed from the printed playbill. But critic Allen Kelcey of Women's Wear Daily specifically mentioned the song in his opening-night review. So it seems that the song was probably in the show on opening night but cut shortly after.