Freespirited Murray Burns, unemployed for 5 months since quitting his job as a writer for the Chuckles the Chipmunk television show, must find a means of support for his precocious 12-year-old nephew, Nick. Nick, an illegitimate son of Murray's sister, has lived with Murray for 7 years but has never been legally adopted. One day Sandra and Albert, social workers from the New York City Child Welfare Board, visit Murray and threaten to take Nick away unless steps are taken to assure a proper home life for the boy. Albert adheres strictly to the rules, but Sandra becomes emotionally involved in the case. After informing Sandra that she is off the case, Albert leaves in a huff; but Sandra stays and spends the night with Murray. They fall in love, and at the insistence of both Sandra and Nick, Murray goes to his brother Arnold, an agent, to find a job. After some unsuccessful interviews, Murray confronts his former employer, Leo, who plays Chuckles the Chipmunk on the show. Despite Leo's dislike for Nick and his patronizing attitude toward Murray, he still offers Murray the job. Nick is offended by Leo and tries to talk Murray out of compromising his principles. Sandra, however, moves into the apartment and begins to refurbish her new home. Nick finally accepts the fact that Murray will again have to work for Leo, and the next morning Murray joins the crowd of people rushing off to their jobs.