In Montmartre, an orphan boy is raised by a cantankerous mother who, to get rid of, sent him to a farm in the province. Ten years later, he returned to Paris, but can not forget his cousin with whom he grew up.
Inge Duhan lives with her husband, the lawyer Erich Duhan, and her little daughter Susi in Berlin. Inge is a very attractive woman. She loves her husband and has always been faithful to him. On a holiday trip to the French Riviera Inge meet the charming painter Francard. A brief affair begins that turns into blackmail.
The hectic life of a seasoned journalist, who’s busy getting out the latest edition of The San Francisco Chronicle. The director follows the editor on his rambles through the city and offers a lively account of the din of the newspaper office – all the way from collecting information to going to press and distributing the newspaper. The historical images of San Francisco are something special: we see landmark buildings like the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, City Hall and the Pickwick Hotel.
Andrew “Dad” McQuade, a tough farmer, faces ruin because of a bank loan he cannot repay. He decides to sell a fifty-acre field called ‘Possum Paddock’ to his greedy neighbour, Dan Martin. However, Hugh Bracken, who is dating McQuade’s daughter, Nancy, sells his car to pay off the old man’s debts. He then discovers that a railway is to go through the paddock and is worth a fortune.
A prince of industry abandons his bride when his head is turned by a mysterious and beautiful woman. Catching a glimpse of Staacha through a train window, Henri LeBlanc is instantly bewitched. His resolve crumbles as she pleads for his help to escape her sinister travelling companion Dr. Karoff. She only reveals the truth after Henri is hopelessly under her spell.
Against the backdrop of Vienna’s hidebound caste system, aristocrat and army officer Nicki falls for lowly commoner Mitzi, knowing that it cannot last. Acquiescing to pressure from his family, he ultimately gives her up to marry the more socially acceptable — albeit crippled — heiress Cecelia. Mitzi, for her part, is heartbroken and must resign herself to marrying a churlish butcher, Schani Eberle.
Max Allan, a visionary engineer persuades investors to fund building an undersea railway connecting France to the United States. But there are powerful forces who wants to stop his futuristic dream.
The emotional and fearful relationship between a small bar waitress, bullied by her mother, distraught by her customers, the dockworkers, and Jean, the son of the laundress who dreams of other horizons. A simple-minded man interferes, fascinated by the young girl and the boats that are moving away.