|Claudette Colbert||Beatrice 'Bea' Pullman|
|Warren William||Stephen 'Steve' Archer|
|Louise Beavers||Delilah Johnson|
|Rochelle Hudson||Jessie Pullman|
|Ned Sparks||Elmer Smith|
|Henry Armetta||The Painter|
Widow Bea Pullman and her daughter, Jessie, take in a fair-skinned black girl and her mother, housekeeper Delilah Johnson . Struggling to make ends meet, Delilah shares her family pancake recipe with Bea, and the two decide to start a business on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Together, the women find great success and considerable fortune, but they also encounter family hardships and some deep-seated identity and racial problems.