Elmer is a watchmaker and repairman at Ye Oldee Clockee Shoppe. One day, the attractive Paula Stevens walks into his shop to get her small watch repaired. He delivers her watch back to her, thinking he can ask her out to the circus, which has just come to town. After awkwardly attempting to ask her out (and stopping her grandfather clock), he leaves, accidentally leaving the circus tickets behind. She finds them and invites him back. She’ll go with him.
At the circus, she instantly starts admiring the work of trapeze artist Apollo the Wonderful. She wants Elmer to get Apollo’s autograph, but Apollo refuses, saying, “If I like her looks, maybe I’ll give it to her.” Elmer tries writing the autograph himself, but Paula catches him, misunderstands his intention, and leaves Elmer for Apollo. In trying to get her back, Elmer starts training to work the trapeze himself, using makeshift equipment in his backyard. This fails.
Later, Apollo attacks Paula in her upper-level apartment after she invites him over, but his plans are thwarted when he accidentally tips over a small stove, which starts a fire. He punches her out and escapes. She wakes up and screams, Apollo tells the police that she’s in the apartment, and Elmer arrives, using his hitherto-untapped acrobatic skills to snatch her out of the apartment with a clothes-line as a trapeze. Back on the ground, she kisses him, but he notices a poster for the Jungle King in his latest picture, The Love Call. Realizing that this girl will instantly be attracted to any man that wears tights, he covers her eyes and leads her away. — Nick Ciccone