Tim Downes; Joyce; John Robertson-Smythe; Mrs. Griggs; Emma Robertson-Smythe; Nick Porter
Model Joyce agrees to rent a safe deposit box under the name “Caroline Gray” for her boyfriend Nick. He’s indicted for racketeering and she flees to New York and falls in love with artist Tim. Fellow rooming house resident John, a religious sort, urges her to repent of her sins. However, when the hypocritical John makes a pass at Joyce, Tim rescues her. He says the whole Nick situation was resolved long ago and she has nothing to fear.
Stella plans to marry Stan, who can give her financial security, but she really loves Joe. Stella and Joe elope, and the constant gossip of the town--suggesting Stella is pregnant and "had" to marry Joe--begins to affect their marriage. However, they stick it out and begin a happy life together.
Laura lies about having a sick father to get a job as a theatre usher. When bus driver Peter proposes marriage, Laura puts him off by claiming her father needs her income. Laura dates wealthy Andre, lying to him as well, and borrows money from Pete under false pretenses. However, Andre finally admits he has a fiancee and breaks up with Laura. Pete also dumps her when he learns she’s been cheating on him. Laura goes to work as a waitress to repay Pete’s money. They reconcile.
June Winters; Mark Phillips; Ray; Maggie; Manning Barret
June is a struggling singer and would-be actress in New York. She arranges to meet producer Mark and romances him to get a dramatic role. He says she’s not ready, and breaks their engagement. Sponsor Manning invites June to his office and makes a pass at her. Mark rescues June but says “You don’t want a man to love you. You want a stepping stone!” June enrolls in an acting class so she can achieve her dream, and hopes someday to be worthy of marrying Mark.