|Humphrey Bogart||Harry Dawes|
|Ava Gardner||Maria Vargas|
|Edmond O'Brien||Oscar Muldoon|
|Marius Goring||Alberto Bravano|
|Rossano Brazzi||Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini|
|Valentina Cortesa||Eleanora Torlato-Favrini|
|Warren Stevens||Kirk Edwards|
Washed-up film director Harry Dawes gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards, Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards' possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape.