Ludivine Jarisse is a young woman who lives a contented but unexciting life in the country. One day, she is visited by Roberte, an old friend who has made a career for herself as an actress at a Paris music hall, L’Empyrée. Roberte intends to take a break and invites her friend to take her place. Ludivine readily accepts, and soon becomes a musical hall diva under the name Divine, although she is at first reluctant to expose herself in the revealing costumes she is given. One of her colleagues attempts to take advantage of her naivety, but when she resists, he implicates her in a drugs trafficking affair.
A young and unexperienced music student is courted by a famous pianist, but just when she is about to fall for him, the pianist is fatally shot by an unknown woman. At the court trial, the woman finally tells her own story and the reason for the crime she committed, and a complex family tragedy is unveiled…
There can never be Too Much Harmony in a Bing Crosby picture, not even in a bucolic backstage musical like this. Crosby plays Eddie Bronson, a big-time singing star stranded in a one-horse town. Refusing to let any grass grow under his feet, Eddie combs through the local talent, discovering comedians Benny Day and Johnny Dixon and aspiring actress Ruth Brown. He brings his new protegees with him to Broadway, where Ruth becomes a huge success in spite of the machinations of prima donna Lucille Watson.
The creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission would soon render anachronistic such crime melodramas as One Way Ticket. Upon discovering that a prominent banker has absconded with his customers’ funds, Jerry, one of the unlucky depositors, reacts by turning thief. He steals exactly the amount that he’d deposited, whereupon the cops close in and arrest him. Still feeling that he was merely getting back what was due him, Jerry bitterly stews in a jail cell until he’s swept up in a prison breakout. The other escapees are killed, but Jerry manages to get away, though from this moment forward he’s forced to live the toad-like life of a fugitive.
The rich Haller family have lost nearly all their money after investing in the stock market. They need more money, but from where? They have a young house-maid, Sara, who inherits a fortune from a rich uncle in Australia. Sara is in love with the son in the family, Georg Haller, but he won’t marry for money. She has to spend all her money if she will ever marry him…
Spendthrift gives the modern viewer a pretty good idea how Hollywood planned to “mold” the image of new star Henry Fonda. The Lanky One is cast as a profligate, polo-playing playboy, married to a beautiful but superficial heiress (Mary Brian). They divorce, and the wife gets all the money. But the humbled (and impoverished) Fonda finds true love in the arms of Pat Paterson, who cares nothing for material things.
John Joseph Madden, a T-Man special agent goes undercover to rescue a kidnapped Treasury Department engraver from a counterfeiting gang led by Capper Stevens. He also has time to get involved with sisters Aimee and Verna Maxwell.
A young dress designer marries an insurance agent. They soon have a daughter, but what the wife doesn’t know is that her husband is actually a criminal, who soon involves her–unwittingly–in a robbery. Sentenced to prison, she gives up her baby for adoption. When she is released 15 years later, she sets out to find her long-lost daughter. A police inspector gets involved in her search and, for reasons of his own, tries to dissuade her from finding her child.