Captain Braddock's former girlfriend Mary comes to ask him to assist her husband Pat, an insurance investigator. A Mr. Xavier has had a 5 warehouse fires in 3 years without finding arson. Braddock decides to lend a hand in the latest case.
A young couple buys a used car from a slick salesman, but soon afterwards the car's brakes fail, and the resulting accident nearly causes their death. Capt. Braddock begins to suspect that this "accident" was more the result of criminal negligence than happenstance, and sets out to prove it.
Forced to return to work following her husband's untimely death, a struggling young mother's custody of her 3-year old daughter is challenged after the child suffers injuries while left at a substandard day care facility.
An ex-convict's sudden interest in the details of a deceased man's life arouses the interest of Capt. Braddock, who believes that the man's former cellmate, an artist who is now a washed-up alcoholic, may know the motive for the ex-con's suspicious actions.
A wealthy young widow begins to date a suave European man. A mutual friend tells her that the European has trouble clearing his fortune with customs, so he needs a certain amount of money. She makes a large loan to the European man, keeping his valuable stamp collection as collateral. Eventually, the European and his collaborators disappear, leaving the young widow to discover that her boyfriend was a fraud, and the stamp collection is almost worthless.
Johnny is studying engineering in college. But what he really wants to do with his life is be a songwriter. He sends out his songs to hundreds of publishing companies. All of which turn him down. Except for one that asks him for a $50 fee.
Local businessmen take instantly to John Riley, a geologist who's moving to town from Cleveland. They do their research and find he's a geologist who's made a fortune in locating oil deposits. Simply by acting like a low-key businessman, Riley has the town's leaders happily forking over $100,000 to start drilling on his next well. The investors find out too late that their man is only passing himself off as a real geologist named John Riley.
Feeling she's always in the way living with her son's family, an old widow moves into a seemingly warm and welcoming boarding home, but when the landlady swindles her out of her money, the atmosphere changes fast.
An elderly gambler has finally hit the big time - she holds a winning lottery ticket. However, a stranger suddenly inserts himself into the woman's life, and when the winning ticket turns up missing, the Racket Squad is called in to investigate.
The con artist Stitch discovers two weak spots in the character of the eccentric millionaire Titus Meely: a greed for earning lots of money with small investments and a passion for clairvoyance. Stitch gives himself out as being a famous expert in clairvoyance, who has invented an apparatus for projecting the inner visions of clairvoyants on a film screen. He persuades Meely to invest a huge sum of money in a project, where a clairvoyant will project information for new, epoch-making inventions on a screen.