Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour star in the musical classic set around the time of the Civil War. Dan finds himself caught between his love for two women as he tries to turn his talent for song writing into a livelihood. In New Orleans he teams up with the accordion-playing huckster Mr Bones. Together they try to persuade the theatres to take them on without much luck. Eventually, a card game leads to a compromise and the local Opera House grudgingly allows them onstage. The rousing Dixie is performed to an appreciative audience, while backstage a fire burns, and love rages.