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Remember Steddon, the daughter of a smalltown minister, marries Owen Scudder but has second thoughts while their train crosses the desert on their wedding night, and she leaves the train when it stops for water. A movie company on location finds her in poor condition and takes her to Hollywood. Because she has heard bad things about movie people, Mem at first rejects the urgings of director Frank Claymore and star Tom Holby to work in motion pictures, but she eventually makes the rounds of the studios (Famous Players--Lasky, Metro, Fox, Robertson-Cole, Pickford-Fairbanks, Goldwyn) in search of a job and sees many well-known directors and actors at work, including Stroheim ( Greed ), Fred Niblo ( The Famous Mrs. Fair ), and Charles Chaplin. Mem finally gets her chance from Frank Claymore, works hard, and steadily rises to fame. Claymore and Holby become friendly rivals for Mem's affections, while Scudder continues his habit of marrying unsuspecting girls, insuring them, and murdering them. Scudder comes to Hollywood to assert his marital claim on Mem, thus precipitating the climax in which there is an enormous fire, Scudder is killed by the wind machine he has aimed at Claymore, and Mem chooses Claymore over Tom Holby--to the delight of Robina Teele.