In Paris, incognito American movie star Kay Winters
meets Rene, an apparently impoverished local, who is
wearing evening clothes and offers to show her the real
Paris. Although she is supposed to attend a dinner given
by Lady Paula Malverton, she is so charmed by Rene that
she agrees. After sightseeing, they have dinner at the
same restaurant where Lady Malverton has brought her
guests. Recognizing Rene, who had also been invited
to her party, Lady Malverton calls him over to say hello.
When he returns to his table, Kay has gone, but has
left a sketch and a note asking him to meet her for
lunch the next day at the fountain in Montmartre. After
removing her dark wig, Kay returns to her hotel, where
insurance salesman Phillip Chester, who is in love with
her, is waiting. The next day, Rene oversleeps and his
friend, Dewey Gilson, takes too long retrieving Rene's
only daytime suit from Mme. Brioche's pawn shop. When
Rene finally arrives at the fountain, he is wearing
two oriental carpets and a turban appropriated from
a passing salesman. As Rene talks with Kay, two elderly
female tourists approach, thinking that Rene is selling
the carpets, and argue with him and Kay over who can
buy them. In a scuffle, Kay and one of the women each
grab a carpet, forcing Rene to run away in his underwear.
He learns later that she is a movie star from his cab
driver and immediately phones her hotel, but discovers
that she has left for London. He follows her there,
arriving at her house during a masquerade party. She
invites Rene to stay for dinner, and Lady Malverton
insists that he make his specialty, crepes suzette.
The crepes are so good that Kay jokingly offers him
a job as her cook. After the party, Phillip begs Kay
to stop work and marry him, but she postpones a decision.
Not having seen Rene leave, Lady Malverton sneaks into
Kay's house to see if she can find him. He tells her
that he has taken a job as a cook, and delighted, Lady
Malverton spreads the gossip. The next morning, after
Kay learns his plan, she begs Rene to leave before he
ruins her reputation. It is too late, however, as Lady
Malverton's gossip has already attracted news reporters.
As Rene will not leave, Kay agrees to keep him on as
a servant. At the same time, she decides to marry Phillip
and instructs her maid, Myrtle, to serve them an engagement
dinner, which Rene does his best to spoil. Phillip and
Kay quarrel and he walks out. Rene forces Kay to admit
that she loves him, but she protests that she cannot
marry him because of the difference in their status.
Coldly, he tells her that he is a marquis and leaves.
Kay runs after him into the rain. For shelter they duck
into a doorway and find themselves on stage at the opera
house. Laughing at their plight, they kiss for the audience.