Intercut comic and melodramatic stories of four people who go to the Derby.
A small boy steals a magnet and accidentally becomes a hero.
In 1907, a ham actor is asked to perform at an old dark house in the country where an axe murderer prowls during the night.
A noble 12th-century knight returns home to England after fighting in the Crusades alongside Richard the Lionheart, only to find the country under the domination of the king’s tyrannical brother.
Life among unemployed cotton workers in industrial Lancashire between the wars.
A young girl accuses two gentlewomen of kidnapping and ill-treating her.
In 1884 London, a penniless man deformed by a rare illness is rescued by a doctor from a fairground freak show, and becomes a member of fashionable society.
In 1933, a German liner leaves Vera Cruz for Bremerhaven with a mixed bag of passengers.
A member of a family music hall act auditions at Covent Garden.
A languages professor is embarrassed when his sculptress wife makes an immense nude statue of him – with someone else’s private parts.
A newly-wed wife of a young doctor goes to live with him in an oppressive old house where various mysterious attempts are made on her life.
A test pilot is injured in a plane crash, following which his fiancée takes him to a psychiatrist, who attempts to hypnotise the man into murdering his wife.
A stage-struck Irish lad and a Lancashire lass have various adventures in London.
A typist enters a beauty contest and step-by-step becomes Miss Globe; but her descent is equally rapid.
A burglar helps a noble lord steal one of his own paintings.
During the English Civil War, a noble highwayman smuggles the king’s son into France.
When India becomes independent in 1947, an American wanting to sell arms clashes with the peace-loving chief of a principality, but the arms are needed when rebels attack.
A blind lawyer solves the death of a traitor.
During World War II, an American newspaperwoman has an affair with a British war correspondent; when he is killed in action, she consoles his widow.
A murder is solved during an evening in a pub.
In Victorian times, a baronet’s son marries a lady’s maid… and many years later, their grandson marries a factory worker.
In the 1890s, a wild Shropshire girl is desired by the local squire.
A mentally retarded girl falls in love with a gypsy.
The last of a long line of sailors suffers from seasickness, and takes command of a decaying Victorian pier at an English seaside resort.
Sent out to buy a new horse, Harold spends the family savings on a greyhound that won’t run.