Surprisingly, the movie starts out on Halloween day with Mortimer getting married, and he's not exactly thrilled. In fact, as he and his bride-to-be stand in line waiting for their licence, he is attempting to keep his face hidden because he's afraid of being recognized. It turns out that he's the famous author of a series of books which deride marriage as "an old fashioned superstition" and recommend consigning the institution to the dustbin of history. Then, to his dismay, he fell in love with Elaine Harper, literally the girl next door- and the sweet, innocent daughter of a minister, to boot. To his shock, he found himself proposing marriage to Elaine which is how we find the couple at City Hall. Soon, despite some last-minute misgivings on Mortimer's part, the two are married and travelling back to Brooklyn to break the news to their families and pack to leave on their honeymoon.