|Dean Martin||Maurice ''Maury'' Novak|
|Anthony Franciosa||Sam Lawson|
|Shirley MacLaine||Sharon Kensington|
Sam Lawson, an ambitious actor and World War II veteran, moves to New York City determined to do anything to make a name for himself on Broadway. When Sam's friend Maury, an aspiring director, refuses to cast Sam in his show, Sam responds by courting Maury's girlfriend, Sharon . However, after the two men learn they have been blacklisted for their communist affiliations, they decide to resolve their differences and work together.