In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the coach over, social standings are leveled and integrity and spirit are put to the test.
Patman is a sly, slightly deranged Irish orderly on a hospital psychiatric ward. He is a favourite with the patients but his rebellious streak creates friction between him and the hospital staff. But it becomes apparent that Patman himself is suffering from delusions and paranoia.
Bill Rourk, an ex-Coast Guard crew chief, is tricked into volunteering for the Coact Guard Officer’s Training School, following the Japanese sneak-attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Rourk’s preference would be to keep the higher-paying and more-secure job in a civilian shipyard. Coadt Guard Commander McFarland first meets Rourk at the shipyard and, later, is his superior officer at the officer’s-training-school. Rourk fails to get his Ensign’s commission, and then finds he has been assigned to McFarland’s command at sea. Matters are not helped any by both men being rivals for Louise Ryan, the admiral’s daughter.
Having seen better days, the sailing vessel Cannibal sets out for Mexico from the south Pacific with a leaking hull. The captain is haunted by a tragedy that happened on another ship under his command. Believing the vessel to not be seaworthy, the crew pleads to change course for Honolulu. Being wanted there in connection with a man’s death, a passenger wants to avoid Honolulu. As the water rises in bilge, the passengers and crew struggle against nature to survive.
The building of the great Canadian-Pacific Railroad that stretched from Montreal to Vancouver is chronicled in this realistic drama. Amidst the country’s wild grandeur, two gambling vagabonds find themselves in a railroad boomtown where they hope to win a lot of the workers’ money.
Juvenile delinquents living by stealing are sent to a work camp, run privately, which turns out to be run unscrupulously with long hours, bad conditions and low pay.
The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in a political struggle waged by farmers against the grain trade, the banks, and the railroads. Set in North Dakota during 1915-16, a largely forgotten era of American history.
As she rises in the fashion world, a talented dress designer loses contact with her own humanity. She also forgets that you meet the same people on the way up as on the way down.