Sally Winters; Nick Ferranti; Doris Manning; Bob; Valerie; Hank
Sally’s mother sends her to the expensive Cranmoor finishing school to get her out of their lower-class neighborhood. Sally meets Bob at a dance and falls for him, but when he returns to his own school, she starts spending her evenings in town with a rough bunch, including Nick. When the school administration finds out, they expel her. Over Bob’s objections, Sally runs off with Nick and they begin a life of crime. Nick is killed during a robbery and Sally is sent to prison.
Andy rescues cigarette girl Doris from a lecherous nightclub customer. They become friends and Doris agrees to sell Andy’s perfume as well as cigarettes. Doris learns the perfume is stolen and when Andy and chemist Arthur team up to produce counterfeit perfume, she protests but her love for Andy compels her to agree to the scheme. They branch out to supplying drugstores with the fake scents as well. However, gangster Marco tries to take over the racket and everyone is arrested. Andy and Doris are sent to prison, but hope to start an honest life together when they are released.
Claire; Dick Lauder; Neil Baldwin; Ted Flagg; Mr. Dow
Claire has a reputation in her high school as a “fast girl.” After she is involved in an auto accident, her stepfather warns her to straighten up. But Claire starts smoking marijuana with some friends and gets hooked. Her stepfather commits her to a sanitorium where she sees the effects of long-term drug use. Claire’s decent friend Dick convinces her stepfather to give her a second chance.
Linda; Keith Harkness; Mrs. Harkness; Tommy Gregg; Amos
Receptionist Linda meets Keith when he performs some work for her firm. They become friends but Keith rejects her attempts to become closer. Linda goes to gloomy Harkness Hall where he lives with his grandmother, and is invited to spend a few days there. Keith later explains that the men in his family have always reacted badly to “the curse of woman’s infidelity” (his own father committed suicide). Neighbor Tommy tries to kiss Linda, and Keith decides to kill himself, but when it’s proven that Tommy’s advances were unwanted, Keith and Linda decide to marry and live happily ever