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Unexpected Uncle

Unexpected Uncle(1941)

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While walking down Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, Seton Mansley comes to the aid of Kathleen Brown, who tearfully confides to him that she has been fired from her job as an underwear clerk because wealthy playboy Johnny Kerrigan flirted with her at work. Seton coerces Clayton, the store manager, to rehire Kathleen, thus becoming her "unexpected uncle." As they are leaving the department store, Seton and Kathleen meet Johnny, who invites Kathleen to lunch at the exclusive Colony Club. There, after plying her with champagne, Johnny insists that she and her "uncle" join him for dinner at the club. Confused about Johnny's motives, Kathleen visits Seton at his trailer in the Seminole Trailer Camp, and he agrees to be her chaperone. At the club that night, Seton and Kathleen meet polo player Tommy Turner, snobbish Sara Cochran and Johnny's ex-fiancée, Carol West. Carol tells Seton that she broke her engagement to Johnny because of his all-consuming business responsibilities as the shoe magnate of Kerrigan City. To escape business pressures, Johnny gets drunk, and after he is involved in an automobile accident, Kathleen takes him to her apartment to bandage his wounds. When Kathleen's indignant landlady orders her to leave for bringing a man to her apartment, she takes refuge with Seton. The next day, the police find Johnny's abandoned car and assume that he has been kidnapped by Kathleen and Seton. Carol and Tommy drive to Seton's trailer camp and take them to Carol's exclusive country club to hide. There Carol sees Johnny and rejects his apology for the previous night. When Johnny is abruptly summoned home on business, Kathleen calls after him, prompting Seton to take her to the airport to bid him farewell. After Johnny's plane takes off with Seton and Kathleen aboard, Johnny proposes and Kathleen accepts. Once they land in Kerrigan City, however, Johnny becomes preoccupied with business and ignores Kathleen. Rejected and lonely, Kathleen gives Wilkins, Johnny's butler, a birthday party, and when Johnny and his business associates arrive unexpectedly during the festivities, Johnny berates Kathleen, who then decides to break her engagement and return to Palm Beach. After Kathleen departs, Johnny and Seton get drunk together, and Seton confesses that he is really steel magnate Alfred Crane. Seton explains that he walked out on his business to save his sanity and suggests that Johnny do the same. Back in Palm Beach, Kathleen returns to the trailer park one day after job hunting and finds that Seton has returned home. After Kathleen excoriates herself for having deserted Johnny, Seton leads her into Johnny's brand new trailer. Willkins then drives the trailer to the justice of the peace, and with Kathleen and Johnny on the road to matrimony, Seton decides that it is time to leave for California.