A small-town girl goes to New York hoping to become a star on Broadway, but the best she can do are roles as chorus girls. She falls in with a “fast” crowd, notably a “party girl” named Cherry Blow, and finds herself involved with wild parties, horny millionaires and her boyfriend from back home who has come to New York to marry her.
Dr. Gilles Berliac has no time for his wife Marthe. She seeks solace in the arms of his brother, Claude Rolland. Overcome with guilt for the affair, Claude tries to leave Marthe, at which Marthe attempts suicide and, in a struggle with her lover, acidentally shoots him.
At the border of an imaginary country, a miller lives in peace with his family. But evil lurks in the form of a new assistant who is a spy of the enemy country and who, led by an officer disguised as a peddler, is to prepare the foreign troops’ attack. But in the meantime he falls in love with the miller’s daughter, who however doesn’t like his advances. When the war breaks out, the mill gets occupied by foreign troops; however, the miller’s daughter falls in love with one of the enemy soldiers…
A first-born baby girl, is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a child about the same age. The two children grow up as sisters. Later, upon her deathbed, the noble lady repents and sends for her child to reinstate her. Gretchen takes this opportunity to make a great lady of her own daughter Lena, the goose girl, by sending her to court instead of the real heiress. Hence Lena is taken before the noble lady as she breathes her last, happy in the belief that she has made reparation. Lena is now a great lady, but the title does not fit well. She longs to be back with Gretchen and her “geeses”.
September 1918. The First World War comes to an end but nobody knows it yet. Among the grape harvesters working on the Castelviel estate in the south of France are several refugees from the North, who were driven from their homes by the war. They are Father Larcher and his two daughters, Martha and Mary. There is also Pierre Bertin, a soldier on convalescent leave. And two escaped German prisoners, Wilfried and Fritz, who pretend to be Belgian and threaten the tranquility of this already well-endowed family.
Hester Bevins is a simple country girl who yearns for adventure. Though she has a handsome young man, Jerry, who is devoted to her, she leaves her village and goes to New York in search of a grander life. There she becomes the lover of a wealthy and unscrupulous businessman. But when Jerry returns blinded and dying from the war, Hester must choose between her new life and the man whose loyalty to her has never failed.
Dick Turpin, a British highwayman, steals from the rich and passes the wealth along to the poor. But, after robbing the evil Lord Churlton, Dick learns that Churlton will soon marry Lady Alice Brookfield, a good-hearted woman who finds Churlton repulsive. In order to escape, Alice disguises herself a boy and travels with Dick to London. Dick is captured by the police and sentenced to hang, but he just might have one last escape left in him.
An auto racer driving through a small town finds himself tangled up in a local political controversy, an election and a mystery that surrounds a supposedly “haunted” car that speeds through town with no driver and disappears before anyone can catch it.