The Progressive Party needs a candidate for governor, and, when its top picks drop out, it settles on dim-witted Zachary Hicks (Guy Kibbee). Party secretary Kay Russell (Bette Davis) has a crush on political strategist Hal Blake (Warren William) and believes he could improve Hicks' chances. But Hal is in jail for not paying alimony to his ex-wife, Maybelle (Vivienne Osborne). The party bails him out, and he gets to work. Then a vengeful Maybelle shows up, and the campaign takes a wild turn.