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When his train arrives at Pennsylvania Station in New York City, Balkan Prince Henry, who is determined to learn what life is like for ordinary people, slips away and is befriended by taxi driver Buzz Williams. Henry claims to be from Milwaukee, which is also Buzz's hometown. Buzz introduces Henry to boilermakers and later, invites him to his home in Brooklyn, where he lives with his sister Nan Evans and her daughter Peggy. The next morning, Henry's identity is revealed when newspaper headlines announce that he has been kidnapped. Henry explains that he intends to return before his country holds a plebescite to determine if it will become a republic. In the meantime, Buzz suggests that Henry disguise himself by shaving his mustache at the barber shop where Buzz's girl friend, Connie Read, works as a manicurist. Buzz arranges a double date with Polly, Connie's friend, for that evening and asks Connie to show Henry around the city in the meantime. By the end of the day, Connie and Henry have become attracted to each other, and she proposes that they dine alone together, rather than meet Buzz and Polly at Happy's Hash House as they had originally planned. Henry telephones his companion, Count Oswald, to bring money to Happy's to pay Buzz for his expenses from the previous night. After dinner, when Henry and Connie join Buzz, Polly and Oswald, Henry suggests they all go to the movies. To pay for his ticket, Buzz unwittingly uses the foreign money that he received from Oswald, and the theater manager calls the FBI, who follow Henry to Connie's apartment. Henry reluctantly returns with the agents to the hotel, where Oswald is waiting for him. The following morning, Peggy tells Henry that Buzz is miserably jealous and begs him to reunite Buzz and Connie. Henry then invites everyone to the hotel to hear his radio broadcast to the people of his country. While Connie tries to convince Buzz that he does not love her, Henry practices his speech. He asks Buzz for help, and Buzz speaks passionately about his love for the United States. Unknown to the men, their rehearsal is accidentally transmitted over the radio, and Buzz becomes famous. Connie is so impressed that she goes back to Buzz. The people of Henry's country are also affected by Buzz's speech and vote for a republic. Now that he is no longer a prince, Henry decides to stay in the United States and rushes to tell Connie. Both he and Buzz propose marriage to Connie, and she wavers between Buzz, whom she has known all her life, and Henry, who is new and exciting. Finally, however, Connie realizes that she has always loved Buzz. A disappointed Henry leaves for Milwaukee, where he has been offered a job with a beer company, and is temporarily distracted when he notices Lauren Bacall, his favorite movie star, is also on the plane. His excitement is cut short, however, by the appearance of her husband, Humphrey Bogart.