Charles Callison CHARLES CALLISON
Patriarch of the Callison family; owner and president of Callison Publications; desperately in love with his wife, Francis, but unable to pull himself away from his mistress, Annabelle
represented by images of William Powell
  Francis Callison
 

FRANCIS CALLISON
Wife of Charles Callison; hopelessly in love with her husband, but still divorcing him due to his affair; becoming romantically involved with Fred
represented by images of Norma Shearer

Reginald Callison REGINALD CALLISON
Son of Charles and Francis; editor-in-chief of the Daily Post; planning his upcoming wedding to Jillian
represented by images of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

 

Trevor Callison
 

TREVOR CALLISON
Son of Charles and Francis; reporter for the Daily Post; in love with Grace
represented by images of Errol Flynn

Maggie Callison MAGGIE CALLISON
Youngest child of Charles and Francis; high school student; both annoyed and fascinated by Randy
represented by images of Priscilla Lane
  Douglas Davis
 

DOUGLAS DAVIS
Charles' attorney;  married Lorraine because she was expecting his child; working to build a real marriage with his wife
represented by images of Glenn Ford

Grace Davis GRACE DAVIS
Younger sister of Douglas; college student studying to become a nurse; recently confessed her love for Trevor, but still feels unworthy of him
represented by images of Sonja Henie
  Patterson Monroe
 

PATTERSON MONROE
Morally upstanding college student studying to become a doctor; orphaned by a plane crash, he is raising his much younger brother Todd; working to turn scheming Stephanie into an upstanding young woman
represented by images of Gene Raymond

Lorraine Davis LORRAINE DAVIS
Insecure wife of Douglas; was dating Patterson when she learned she was carrying Douglas' child; working to have a real marriage with her husband
represented by images of Gene Tierney
  Jillian Stokes
 

JILLIAN STOKES
Sophisticated college student from a wealthy family; eagerly planning her wedding to true-love Reginald; everyone's friend
represented by images of Carole Lombard

Dane Manchester DANE MANCHESTER
Scheming, unscrupulous college student studying to become a lawyer;  has a roving eye for the ladies despite his strained marriage; recently inherited great wealth; forever obsessed with ex-girlfriend Jillian
represented by images of Robert Taylor
  Sara Manchester
 

SARA MANCHESTER
College student wife of Dane; forced him into marriage through blackmail; past financial troubles led her to take employment behind his back; recently inherited great wealth
represented by images of Vivian Leigh

Stephanie Lake STEPHANIE LAKE
Formerly scheming college student who's working to make up for her past and change her outlook on life;  Sara's cousin;  finding herself falling for Patterson
represented by images of Susan Hayward
  Annabelle Lake
 

ANNABELLE LAKE
Wicked, meddlesome mother of Stephanie and aunt of Sara; Douglas'  widowed secretary who's out for the finer things in life;  Charles' mistress who's scheming to keep him away from his wife and marry him herself
represented by images of Delores Del Rio

Mary Albany MARY ALBANY
Strong willed and opinionated matriarch of the Callison family; Francis' widowed mother; grandmother to Reginald, Trevor, and Maggie
represented by images of Mildred Natwick
  Janet Stokes
 

JANET STOKES
Emotionally fragile girl from a wealthy family; Jillian's older sister; desperately in love with Burt; trying to get over traumas from her past
represented by images of Virginia Bruce

Burt Lamont BURT LAMONT
Poor horse trainer who discovered he was actually the son of Charles' late brother Landon; trying to accept his place in his new family; loves Janet dearly; trying to get over his own past with her sister Judith
represented by images of Robert Cummings
  Judith Stokes Linford
 

JUDITH STOKES LINFORD
Snotty, spiteful socialite who's unhappily married;  spoiled Judith will do whatever it takes to get her way; desperately in love with her sister Janet's boyfriend Burt and carrying his child; supportive of younger sister Jillian
represented by images of Bette Davis

Mark Linford

MARK LINFORD
Judith's unscrupulous husband; he's just as wicked and dastardly as she is; he loves his alcohol and has a roving eye; determined to hold on to his marriage for financial purposes
represented by images of Warner Baxter

   
   


Helen Van Dyne

HELEN VAN DYNE
Snotty sorority girl; Jillian's best friend; becoming involved with Mark
represented by images of Jean Harlow

  Leticia Stokes
 

LETICIA STOKES
Wealthy mother of Judith, Janet, and Jillian; recently moved to Albanyville after leaving their father and filing for divorce
represented by images of Ethel Barrymore

Dr. Fred Rutherford

DR. FRED RUTHERFORD
A doctor with a shady past;  owes large gambling debts; scheming with Annabelle to keep Charles and Francis apart; wants to marry Francis to get his hands on the Callison money
represented by images of Brian Dunlevy

  Eliza Campbell
 

ELIZA CAMPBELL
Maggie's bratty best friend; high school student
represented by images of Nan Grey

Randy Lamont

RANDY LAMONT
High school student; Burt's younger half-brother; dating Eliza but is really more interested in Maggie
represented by images of Buster Crabbe

  Dorothea Jackson
 

DOROTHEA JACKSON
Noble and upstanding housekeeper of Mary;  has a loving, yet troubled, relationship with her two grown children; a widow
represented by images of Ethel Waters

DR. CALVIN JACKSON
The doctor son of Dorothea; once had problems with his mother's job, but has begun to reconcile his own feelings
represented by images of Paul Robeson

  Ruby Thomas
 

RUBY THOMAS
Maid for the Stokes family; falling for Calvin, but feels unworthy of him; believes he comes from a family of wealth and is embarrassed by her low social status
represented by images of Lena Horne

Joyce Preston

JOYCE PRESTON
Long, lost mother of Sara; abandoned her daughter when the child was at a very young age; divorced and twice widowed; materialistic and scheming, she's trying to grab her share of her daughter's inheritance from her own late husband
represented by images of Gale Sondergaard

   
   


Todd Monroe TODD MONROE
Patterson's much younger brother
represented by images of Scotty Beckett
  Hannah Meadows
 

HANNAH MEADOWS
Loyal and faithful housekeeper for the Callison family
represented by images of Louise Dresser

Mrs. Oliver MRS. OLIVER
Housekeeper for Patterson and nanny for Todd; rather stern and opinionated
represented by images of Sarah Allgood
  Helga Grimm
 

HELGA GRIMM
Grumpy housekeeper of Dane and Sara; dislikes both Sara and Joyce, but has found an odd friendship with Dane
represented by images of Marjorie Main