Barbara (St. John) is in love with Norman (Jerry Lewis),the man who looks after her poodle. But she has a secret: She's the daughter of a wealthy society couple and worth more than Norman will ever make. When her mother,Phoebe (Agnes Moorehead),finds out about Barbara's relationship,she sends Norman to work a series of increasingly humiliating jobs at the family's department store. Norman tries to please his cruel boss,Mr. Quimby (Ray Walston),and win Barbara's hand in marriage.