This collection of eight independent vignettes presents a cross-section of America, circa 1951. Elderly Mrs. Riordan (Ethel Barrymore) is crestfallen when she learns that she was not counted in the census. Stefan (S.Z. Sakall), a Hungarian immigrant with a grudge against Greeks, objects when his daughter, Rosa (Janet Leigh), marries Greek-American Icarus (Gene Kelly). And a cowboy named Texas (Gary Cooper) gives his assessment of the state he shares a name with.