A millionaire nicknamed Mop faced with the dilemma of how to spend his money, meets Kitty, a drunk music-hall actress in search of a bit of good fortune. Brooke is a young heiress gone broke who puts herself in the hands of an Italian whom she believes to be very rich, but who is in fact a professional gambler in exactly the same financial situation as herself. At this point their paths begin to cross in the best of comic traditions.
Young Daisy, an American girl, travels to Italy with her mother and younger brother. Refusing to have anuthing to do with her middle-class compatriot, the lovesick Frederick, she eagerly launches herself into a relationship with an Italian singer. Appalled at the idea, her pretentious country-women decide to ignore her.
Richard is called to jury and finds himself at the trial against molly (the girl he had a crush on at school) fot eh attempted murder of a postman. In fact Molly is involved in a complicated blackmailing setup and accidentally injured the postman during an argument he had nothing to do with. Richard puts all his energy into finding evidence to save the young girl.
16-year-old Rocky Dennis is afflicted with a degenerative disease that is disfiguring his head and face. Only his mother's deep love for him, and the friendship of a gang of Hell's Angels who accompany him everywhere partially compensate for his despondency. Unusually intelligent, the boy is unable to fulfil his dream of travelling through Europe on a motorbike.
After losing his job, young lwyer Leo Harrigan runs into a independent producer who is trying to survive on the battleground generated by the arrival of cinema, when the big companies are intent on monopolising the new invention. The producer in question, H. H. Cobb, send him to a small viallge not far from Los Angeles to find one of his crews who have gone stray.
Sure that his Broadway first is going to be a colossal failure, director Lloyd Fellowes leaves the theatre. The dress rehearsals have been a disaster and he can't get the company under control as the different liaisons are playing havoc with their emotions. The on-stage action has nothing on what's going on behind the scenes.
Moses Pray wanders around the States making a living as a small-time trickster. Going to a funeral, he gets landed with the job of taking Addie, the daugther of the decesaed, to the home of her relatives. The 9-year-old youngster soon proves to be fast learner and turns into Moses' indispensable sidekick.
Living in Singapore after the Korean War, American veteran Jack Flowers works as a procurer of prostitutes for tourists. Competition with the criminal gang that controls the sex market is ruthless, but doesn't stop him from getting along fine with the hookers, who give him the nick name of Saint. But his dream of opening his own luxury whorehouse doesn't exactly go down well with the Chinese mafia.
A seemingly normal boy whose only eccentrivity is his veritable arsenal of weapons, kills his family and proceeds to indiscriminetely pick off the spectators at an open-fair film theatre, and all for no apparent reason. He has a casual encounter with Orlok, the symbol of cinematic terror, who is tired of causing fictitious fear when there are so many real horrors in the world.
Anarene, a small subusb in crisis in the heart of Texas, is preparing to celebrate its first centenary. Duane, now forty years old, has become a ricj oil man. He has a wife, Karla, and they openly cheat on each other in serach of distraction. Nobody can get away from the feeling of bored frustration, although the return of Jacy, Duane's high school flame, breaks the monotony.
Best friends Sonny and Duane are both at that difficult time between adolescence and adulthood. They live in the small Texan town of anarene, one of the many places destined to disappear from the map as its inhabitants gradually move to the big city. The day the old filmhouse finally closes its doors seems to bring the curtain down on part of their lives.
A young singer-songwriter from New York, Miranda is heading to Nashville for an audition in a bar. Arriving a few minutes late for her appointment, the inflexible bar owner promptly informs her she's too late and tells her to come back in a week. On the way out she runs into James, another aspiring singer in the same situation, and they get into a strange relationship, somewhere between mutual sexual attraction and professional antagonism.
John Russo is a private eye with an agency whose main business is trailing married women for their husbands. The most seasoned of the bunch, the younger detectives come to him for advice. Russo falls for Angela, one of the somen on his books, while the others sucumb to the charms of a colourful selections of partners.
Absent-minded musicologist howard bannister has worked out his own particular theory on primitive music. Travelling to San Francisco with his girsfriend to win a scholarship, he runs into the incontrollable Judy Maxwell and finds himself up to his neck in lost suitcases, stolen jewels, secret documents and spies.