Frances Farmer started her career as a stage artist and made her debut on the big screen in the comedy film ‘Too Many Parents’ (1936). She appeared in four movies the same year and received positive reviews for her role as Lotta Morgan in the movie ‘Come and Get It’. However, she was not satisfied with the response from her fans and returned to theatre to be cast in the Broadway production of Clifford Odets’s play ‘Golden Boy’ in 1937. During this period she went through depression and resorted to binge drinking due to which her career suffered a setback. She subsequently appeared in supporting roles in the movies ‘World Premiere’ and ‘Among the Living’ in 1941. Her acting career was interrupted with spells of erratic behaviour and psychiatric treatment after which she attempted a comeback with her own television series ‘Frances Farmer Presents’ (1958 – 1964). Her last appearance on the big screen was in the movie ‘The Party Crashers’ (1958) after which she restricted herself to stage performances till she died of cancer at the age of 56.
John Alexander, running off after killing someone in self-defense, takes the name Johnny Blake, and saves life of oil-field foreman Hap O’Conner while working for him. Later, they meet again at Hap’s friend Wildcat’s oil-rig, where both fall for Wildcat’s daughter Linda. Johnny is about to escape before getting arrested, when a fire at the oil-rig forces him sacrifice his freedom and he returns to extinguish it.
During the Civil War, con-artists Jim Fisk, Nick Boyd and Luke Hawkins earn wealth by smuggling cotton. Later, Fisk and Boyd build a fortune at New York stock market. Both are fascinated with actress Josie Mansfield, who, being grateful to Fisk, hides her attraction for Boyd. Ignoring Boyd’s advice against it, Fisk plots to corner the gold market which ends-up in disaster.
Paul Raden, mentally unstable identical twin brother of John, is kept in a room in their family mansion. John returns home after 25 years for father’s funeral, and is shocked to learn about Paul, who he thought was dead. Paul escapes while his caretaker is found strangled. After another similar death, the town’s people are terrified and suspect John as the murderer.
Doris is the daughter of a wealthy man, who is upset that her marriage has been fixed with a man she doesn’t like. She runs away on the night before her wedding, and soon meets a cowboy named Jeff Larabee.