A musical about a young G.I. who remains in Paris after World War II to study art. Jerry Mulligan wants to live the life of the great painters — holed up in a Montmartre garret, starving for his art.
But the reality is less romantic than the fantasy, so when a rich American gallery owner offers to support him, he agrees — even if the bargain means joining her entourage of lovers.
Then he meets Lise, a young French girl, and instantly falls in love. Unfortunately, she’s already engaged to Henri Bourel, an older man who saved her from the Nazis. But when Henri discovers that she cares for another, he gracefully exits, leaving the young couple to a life together.