One evening while eagerly awaiting a date with Daisy, Donald realizes he doesn't have any money. When he sees Huey, Duey, and Louie's piggy bank, and following a brief battle with his gangster-speaking conscience, he takes it. After sending the nephews to bed, and try to hide the uneasy feelings, Donald breaks open the piggy bank, takes the money (totaling $1.25), and goes on to have a fun time with Daisy at a local dance club.
Later that evening, Donald drops Daisy off at her house. She kisses him and calls him a "big shot." Donald at first feels prideful as he starts to walk home, but soon he begins to feel guilty. His conscience calls him a gangster and reminds him that bank robbery is a federal crime. Donald starts to imagine that federal agents are chasing him and he starts to run. As the film continues, his visions become more nightmarish and desperate. At last Donald corners himself in a dark alley and believes he is in jail. He frantically grabs the bars of a door window and shakes it. A sign falls off and hits him in the head. It's a 'help wanted' sign, and Donald discovers the door is the service entrance of an all night cafe.
Donald works through the night and earns enough money to pay back his nephews, except when he returns the money to the piggy bank, he accidentally returns $1.30 of the original $1.25. When the nephews wake up, they see Donald trying to take a nickel from the piggy bank and begin to complain. Donald's conscience reminds him, "You see, chum? Crime doesn't pay."
- Donald Duck (voiced by Clarence Nash)
- Daisy Duck (voiced by Gloria Blondell)
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie (voiced by Clarence Nash)
Home video releases
- Disneyland, episode #4.16: "Donald's Weekend"
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, episode #8.6: "Inside Donald Duck"
- The New Mickey Mouse Club, October 13, 1977
- Good Morning, Mickey, episode #63
- Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #28
- Donald's Quack Attack, episode #11
- The Ink and Paint Club, episode #1.34: "Donald's Nephews"
- Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: More of Disney's Best: 1932-1946
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie's Greatest Hits
- View-Master Interactive Vision: Disney's Cartoon Arcade
- The Great Mouse Detective (bonus on Gold Collection DVD)
- Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 2
- Walt Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites: Best Pals - Donald and Daisy
- This was Gloria Blondell's first performance as Daisy and marks the debut of Daisy's "normal" voice. Her last speaking role in Mr. Duck Steps Out was voiced by Clarence Nash and had a duck voice like Donald's.
- The inflation conversion of $1.25 back in 1945 translates to $18.25 in the year 2020.