Cikel Douglasa Sirka: klasična melodrama, v katero je režiser skril kritiko ameriške zgodbe o uspehu. Mitch Wayne je odraščal na teksaškem ranču naftnega tajkuna Jasperja Hadleyja, skupaj s Hadleyjevim sinom Kylom in hčerko Marylee. Nekaj let pozneje je odrasli Mitch na pomembnem delovnem mestu v Hadleyjevem imperiju, medtem ko sta se mogotčeva sin in hči spremenila v zapita lahkoživca. Kyle zasnubi tajnico Lucy, ki jo kljub govoricam o njegovih pustolovščinah prepriča njegova iskrena izpoved. Toda novica o poroki onesreči Mitcha, ki se je prav tako zagledal v Lucy. Tolažiti ga skuša Marylee, ki pa v Mitchevih očeh Lucy ne seže niti do kolen. Izvirni naslov: / Ameriški film, 1956 / Režija: Douglas Sirk / Scenarij: George Zuckerman, Robert Wilder / Igrajo: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack
On 24 October 1955, the hard-work geologist of the Hadley Oil Company Mitch Wayne meets the executive secretary Lucy Moore in the office of her boss Bill Ryan in New York and invites her to go to a conference with the alcoholic playboy and son of a tycoon Kyle Hadley. On the way of the meeting, he confesses that they had traveled from Houston to New York to satisfy the wish of the reckless Kyle, who is his best friend since their childhood, of eating a sandwich from club 21 and the meeting was just a pretext to Kyle's father Jasper Hadley. Mitch and Kyle immediately fall in love for Lucy, and Kyle unsuccessfully uses his money to impress Lucy; then he opens his heart and proposes Lucy. They get married and travel to Acapulco and the insecure Kyle stops drinking. Meanwhile, Kyle's sister Marylee is an easy woman and has a non-corresponded crush on Mitch that sees her as a sister. One year later, Kyle discovers that he has a problem and might be sterile and starts drinking again. The jealous Marylee poisons Kyle telling that his wife and Mitch are having a love affair. When Lucy finds that she is pregnant, Kyle believes that the baby belongs to Mitch and his mistrust leads to a tragedy.