Eddie is a clumsy interior decorator for the Island Inn Café, which is planning its grand opening. It’s owned by a gangsters led by Louie “the Wolf," who is having a bit of trouble with the controlling “Slugger” McGraw. During opening night, Eddie is confused for Louie, and the real Louie makes Eddie his double, but doesn’t tell Eddie that he’s basically being set up to be killed. Slugger’s men meet up with Eddie and, thinking he’s Louie, try to kill him. He survives being shot, being put in a runaway car and gassed.
After a series of increasingly implausible escapes, Eddie’s dancer friend Flo tells him about Louie’s plans. Eddie then tries to get the attention of various policemen, whether by stealing their car, flinging tomatoes or rocks at them, or splashing mud onto new recruits. Finally, Eddie arrives at the Island Inn Café with the squadron of police, who arrest Louie on the spot. — Nick Ciccone