This warm comedy, based on the play by Frank Craven, was typical of William C. deMille's directing work. Thomas Bates Sr. (Robert McWade) takes his broom manufacturing business very seriously, and his idle son, Tom Jr. (Neil Hamilton), calls him a grouch. As a result, Bates decides to teach his son a lesson by putting him in charge of the business for a year. While the elder Bates is getting a chance to live it up for once in his life, Tom is having all sorts of difficulties, from learning how to pay all the bills he used to run up to dealing with employees who abuse their privileges -- and their new boss. On top of that, Tom falls in love with Geraldine Marsh (Bessie Love), who has come to the Bates home to work as a housekeeper. He even drops his fickle fiancée, Florence Levering (Phyllis Haver), for her. But then he finds Geraldine kissing his father and orders her out of the house. His father insists on going with her. At the end of the year, both of them return. It turns out that Geraldine and Bates were not involved after all, so Tom rushes her to the altar. Bates takes over his business once again. Although his son has all but ruined the company, the experience has also made a man of him.
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