|Barbara Stanwyck||Martha Ivers|
|Van Heflin||Sam Masterson|
|Kirk Douglas||Walter O'Neil|
|Lizabeth Scott||Toni Marachek|
|Judith Anderson||Mrs. Ivers|
|Darryl Hickman||Sam Masterson as a boy|
Young Martha inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter, who saw the crime, corroborates the girl's story. Eventually, they wed out of convenience; the meek Walter is genuinely in love, and Martha thinks that her secret is safe since she has married the one witness to her aunt's death. However, when her childhood pal, Sam, shows up, Martha knows her dark past may not stay a secret for long.