Simon Gayforth asks his wife Victoria for a divorce. She takes an overdose of pills. Through the theatrical device of a shadow play, they remember fondly the days of their first meeting and falling in love.
Hands Across the Sea
A wealthy couple invites people over for drinks, and a couple arrives whom they don't recognize at all. They believe the two are someone else and spend their time trying to remember where they met and what they did before this meeting.
Lily and George Pepper are a music hall act called "The Red Peppers," and one day onstage, late in their current engagement, they criticize the conductor and blame one another for trouble in their act.
The Astonished Heart
School friends meet again after many years, and while a wife holds the candle for her Doctor husband, the friend has an affair with him, creating torment among the three until tragedy tears them apart.
Following their father's death, his family of survivors make plans for the future. When they open a trunk, they find costumes they'd played with as children and the tense funereal air is suddenly lightened, leading to singing and dancing.
After being browbeaten by his overbearing wife and mother-in-law, and his spoiled daughter, a man makes the choice to leave his family. When he informs them of his best-laid plans, they are astonished, because now they must learn to fend for themselves.
Ways and Means
After a night in the casino in Cannes, the Cartwrights realize they're broke. Furthermore, their hostess needs to turn them out, because their suite is needed for incoming guests.
A doctor and a housewife meet by happenstance at a train station, and through five beautifully played scenes, they fall in love, but the relationship is doomed to fail, because both are married to others, and the doctor has plans for a future away from England.