Spencer Tracy (Jim Carter)Claire Trevor (Betty McWade)Henry B. Walthall (Pop McWade)Alan Dinehart (Jonesy)Scotty Beckett (Alexander Carter)Robert Gleckler (Dean)Rita Hayworth (Dancer)Gary Leon (Dancer)Willard Robertson (Inspector Harris)Morgan Wallace (Capt. Morgan)Astrid Allwyn (Girl in Stoke-Hold)Don Ameche (Man in Stoke-Hold)Oscar Apfel (Mr. Williams)Mary Ashcraft (Girl in Stoke-Hold)Gertrude Astor (Concessionaire's Wife)Frank Austin (Photographer)Zita Baca (Passenger in Boiler Room)Lynn Bari (Amusement Park Patron)
Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the amusement pier unsafe but Carter bribes him. The pier collapses, leading to the inspector's suicide, injury to Pop McWade, trial for Carter, and Betty's leaving him. Carter starts over with an unsafe floating casino.