This is a pretty odd film; odd, but enjoyable.
Harry Van (Clark Gable) returns from WW1 and looks for a break into show business. He goes through a series of crappy gigs until he starts making a name for himself with the blindfolded “mind-reader” Madame Zuleika. He’s the straight man who communicates to her in code, so she’ll guess the objects he’s gathered from the audience.
It’s during this gig that he meets Irene (Norma Shearer), an acrobat with the Fellara Acrobat Troupe that follows Madame Zuleika’s set. She has a vivid imagination, tells enormous lies about her alleged Russian background, and pursues Harry in a creepy way. They have a brief fling then part ways in Omaha.