Expecting an emotional reaction, a man caught kissing another woman criticizes the wife for just pressing him on their business so the wife masquerades as her uninhibited sister dissuading him from business to underline her mindset.
In a small coastal village, an engaged couple is slowly being drawn apart by a rumour campaign concerning the woman's deceased husband. It's said that she lead him to suicide, but it soon appears that a lot of facts about him are being suppressed by his rich mother, who rules the town's fortunes.
Two news cameramen who use ruthless subterfuge in their rancorous competition chase a story of a brutal criminal during which one of them becomes a hostage to the criminal along with a woman for which both cameramen have designs.
Widow Janet Wilson and her daughter come for a holiday at a seaside cabin, where a local beachcomber gets friendly with them. He spends his time working driftwood into art, and she urges him to better himself. After finding they both lost spouses, a romance begins.
Over a tearoom lunch, a gypsy fortune teller informs Carlos that he will marry a brunette he meets after a short trip across the water and an encounter with some fire and smoke. His co-workers immediately pair him up with the bosses secretary, an attractive woman he likes but doesn't love. It takes an office costume party, and some help from friends, for him to meet the right brunette.
Teenage Katherine has a new friend, a worldlier girl named Laura. Katherine's aunt Sheila trusts her implicitly, but after the two girls break curfew by switching places so Laura can see her boyfriend, suspicion is cast on what Katherine is doing.
Ex-con Frank Darin meets his onetime nemesis, the detective that put him in prison years ago. though they part friends, he is immediately suspected when the detective is found murdered. The possibility of a crooked cop on the force being responsible starts a plan to catch him that will clear Darin's name: he poses as an eyewitness to the crime under police protection.
An embezzler stalks a female subordinate who he has framed for the embezzlement after her failure to accept his advances and lies about a marriage to a private investigator he has hired to maintain information about the woman's location.
Gentlemanly conman Silas Burton shows up in Abbeyvale with his new young assistant in tow. He smooth-talks the town's merchants and politicians into staging "Remembrance Day," a celebration of Christmas during June. All he asks is a hefty fee to be paid by the stores for the increase in business he guarantees them. Getting in the way of his flimflam is his assistant's love for a local girl and a couple of clergymen who are onto his scheme.
When Fred Karnes is beaten By Bill Corby and two friends for dating Bill's sister Carol, DA Sloan's prosecution is difficult because Karnes is considered low class and a traitor while Carol is quiet to preserve her family's influence.
Curiously no one remembers that Dan Doyle has been with a man who saved his life on D-day and whom he has by chance encountered in post war Paris under an assumed name and then learns the man is a black marketeer who may be murdered.
A priest of a poor parish gains a benefactor but identifies as his patron his cruel Red Chinese prison interrogator and must decide whether to report the man to authorities while the man threatens to kill himself and wife if captured.
After Sam Houston as governor of Tennessee refuses outlaw Jim Hawk as a boy to save his father from hanging, Hawk vows to kill Houston but. as a result of a teacher's influence, rejects opportunity to kill Houston as President of Texas.
A newspaperman prints unfounded criticism of the juvenile crime unit and particularly of its chief officer until the gang beating of his son causes him to realize the struggles of the officer and awakens him to his own shortcomings.
Mr. Duffy's secretive stableman under suspicion is asked by Julie on town's behalf to leave but she alters her feelings when the man singlehandedly defends the town against outlaw Clip Hart gang's plan to use the town as getaway station.
A traveling salesman gets a surprise every time he comes home from the road, from the other fast-talking Ewings: his wife and voluptuous teenage daughter. The daughter's charity organization "The Spinsters" is appearing in a calendar, and when she's deemed too hippy for a swimsuit pose, she vows to make the cocky young photographer regret his assessment, by enrolling in modeling school.