Elizabeth (Jessie Matthews) delivers dresses for a dressmaker. On an errand to a theatre, she meets a female impersonator with laryngitis. He persuades her to take his place in a show, in which she is an instant hit. Swept away on a tour of Europe, she is forced to maintain the pretence that she is a man. Blake Edwards re-made this film as `Victor/Victoria' in 1982 starring Julie Andrews.