Conceited film star Emery Slade was on top in 1932; in 1949, he’s broke and still insufferable. Fox producer Crossman enlists Slade’s aid to persuade broadway star Rosalie Brooks to star in the film “Bandwagon.” But when Slade meets Julie Clarke, his assistant’s onetime girlfriend, he decides she, not Rosalie, should get the part. No one can fathom his motives for this apparently selfless act, but there are a few tricks in the old fox yet…and he’ll need them all.
Stan Philipps’s wife Grace is a sergeant with the U.S. Army. While she’s posted to Iraq, the earnest Stan is home in Minnesota with their daughters, Heidi, 12, and Dawn, 8. He manages a home supply store. After morning visitors bring Stan news, he takes the girls for a car ride that turns into a spontaneous trip to Dawn’s favorite place, a Florida amusement park. On the way, they stop at Stan’s mother’s house, where his brother is staying. Heidi is an insomniac, who tries to fathom her father’s uncharacteristic behavior. Dawn is cheerfully unreflective. They have fun at the park. Stan summons his courage.
Terri Hansen is discovered in the desert beside the blackened husk of her car which contains the charred corpse of her husband. When forensic evidence makes her out to be her husband’s murderer, she quietly protests her innocence, but makes no effort to mount a defense. Terri doesn’t expect to be believed. Was it self-defense or murder? While Terri acts strangely indifferent to her own fate, her attorney tries to reconstruct what happened. The moral ambiguity and the unfathomable mysteries of the human heart are just the sort of thing her attorney had hoped to leave behind him when he left big city law. In flashback, we see Terri’s story.