Ruth Adams; Edwin Foster; Mrs. Adams; Mrs. Foster; Mr. Adams; Dr. Hoskins; Kitty; Tom; Dr. Paige
Ruth, raised by her mother after her father’s death, demonstrates an “ungovernable temper.” Ruth’s mother introduces her to Edwin, the son of an old friend, and the two young people fall in love despite resenting their mothers' matchmaking. One day Ruth’s father returns: he has been in a mental hospital for years. Fearing she’s inherited his mental illness, Ruth breaks up with Edwin, has a nervous breakdown and is sent to a hospital. Dr. Paige says she’s a “disturbed case” but not “genuinely insane.” After therapy, Ruth is released and will now marry Edwin.
Donna wins a Hollywood screen test after her hometown boyfriend Dan submits some glamour photos of her. Donna gets an studio contract and press agent Greg concocts a fake biography for her, claiming she’s a wealthy socialite rather than a small-town girl. Donna and Greg fall in love but he’s afraid Dan’s photos of her mundane past as a "hash-slinger" will ruin her career. Donna gets the photos back from Dan and he feels betrayed. Donna realizes she loves Dan and reveals the truth about her background to the press. Greg is upset but Dan shows up and punches him. Donna and Dan reconcile.
Confirmed bachelor Jim enrolls in Emily’s cooking school, where he becomes the romantic target of fellow student Carol. Emily is jealous but in the end she’s the one for whom Jim breaks his vow of bachelorhood.