Told through a series of flashbacks, this film begins with Louise Howell Graham (Joan Crawford, 1908? –1977) walking the deserted streets of Los Angeles, calling for David (Van Heflin, 1910 –1971) . Louise is taken to a mental hospital in order to recuperate. Through a series of twists and turns we explore Louise’s past and follow her journey into madness. Louise married Dean Graham (Raymond Massey, 1896 –1983), a millionaire, and in the process acquired a stepdaughter, Carol (Geraldine Brooks, 1927-1977). Carol eventually drove Louise insane by falling in love with David, resulting in Louise’s murder of him.