|Emil Jannings||August Schilling|
|Belle Bennett||Mrs. Schilling|
|Phyllis Haver||The Temptress|
|Donald Keith||August, junior|
|Fred Kohler||The Tough|
Devoted family man and bank worker August Schilling leaves Milwaukee for the first time to deliver bonds to a bank in Chicago. On the train, August falls prey to the seductive advances of Mayme, the girlfriend of gang leader The Tough . When The Tough's gang attacks him, August resists, hurling the leader into an oncoming train. A shell-shocked August then assumes The Tough's identity and sets off on a far more difficult journey than he'd planned.