A dog named Patsy is an unwitting participant in a politician’s fight for popularity.
Frank Burdon, played by 29-year-old Rex Harrison, meets Victoria Gow, played by 24-year-old Vivien Leigh, on a trip to a Scottish small town where he’s to accept a job at the local newspaper.
His job is to interview local politician William Gow, but something goes awry. Burdon runs into Victoria again and finds out she’s the politician’s daughter. That doesn’t stop him from falling for her, and she can’t seem to stay away from him either. When she finds out he’s written an awful article about her father, she isn’t impressed and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. However, he’s charming and keeps her interest through it all.
The article Burdon wrote is about a woman who was too poor to buy a license for her dog. Sara Allgood plays Honoria Hegarty, the owner of the dog. She tries to get the politician, Gow, to help her fix her situation, but he was too proud to help her. Burdon sees Gow’s actions as he works on getting the assigned article written.
The problem with Gow’s attitude toward the woman is that it directly opposed what Gow wanted written about him in the assigned article. Since Gow can’t see himself like Burdon sees him, he doesn’t take any hints to correct his attitude. He even ignores his daughter’s pleas to help the woman. On the night Gow is scheduled to make an important speech, the townsfolk show up not to support Gow, but to bark at him. All Gow’s troubles escalate until Burdon ends up on trial.
Is this a courtroom drama or a romance? Is it a tail of woe? To be sure, Gow had a ruff time of it.
When Vivien Leigh had scenes of turmoil, her lines sounded British (of course), but her face was totally Scarlett O’Hara. But it would be two more years before she would take on that role.