All the Fine Young Cannibals

The film focuses on two young people in love, Chad Bixby (Wagner) and Sarah “Salome” Davis (Wood), who are forced apart and marry others, then brought together again by chance. The film also examines, in a melodramatic style, the experience of starting off “dirt poor” and ending up “idle rich”, and concludes that after the changes in lifestyle, the personalities remain the same. Wagner’s character is loosely based on the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Pearl Bailey plays a down-on-her-luck blues singer who mothers Wagner’s character, while guiding his career.