This episode is based on the autobiography of Peter Putnam, a young man who lost his sight in a hunting accident. Wanting to pursue his education, he attends the Seeing Eye Institute in Morristown, New Jersey before attending and graduating from Princeton University.
The military sends up pilot Peter Graves in a rocket-boosted plane to reach the outer limit of the atmosphere. They loose communication with him as he travels beyond their radar's upper range. He's presumed dead, yet he lands safely an hour after he would have run out of oxygen and fuel.
While taking a supposedly relaxing country vacation, a famous actor gets anything but rest. His gorgeous next door neighbor has just been acquitted of murdering her husband. The actor starts asking questions about the case and finds himself in serious danger.
A man from a small town, a career woman, and an unemployed-but-talented older man are each unknowingly competing for the same advertising agency job. The two younger people end up falling in love but their relationship starts takes a back seat to professional competition.
The widow of a Korean war soldier works in an isolated mountain laboratory where research on atomic weapons is being conducted. She befriends a couple that tells her that her husband is not dead, but being held by the Communists. They offer a deal: in exchange for atomic secrets, they will insure his safe return.
A research scientist joins a team working at a secret lab in Britain. Their project is to beat the Communists in developing deadly bacteria for use in biological warfare. The doctor inadvertently becomes involved in espionage.
After recovering from a nervous breakdown, Lacey Holden and her husband, Gates, move into an apartment in the city. The previous tenant is in a hurry to catch a boat out of the country and sells her old sofa to the couple. Lacey seems happy and healthy until she fines a note stashed in the sofa that reads, "If I am missing, I have been killed on this sofa."
Adam Foster is such a punctual and predictable employee that co-workers refer to him as "Mr. Tick Tock, the Human Clock". Everyone is surprised when the meticulous man is accused of embezzling company funds. A secretary in the office who has been put off by his blandness is the one person who can help him clear his name.
Broadway star Linda Coles gives the performance of a lifetime to the press when her husband dies in a small plane crash. What they don't know is that Linda and her husband's best friend, her lover, are behind the tragedy.
A freak storm originates on the West Coast and travels across the county, and the weather bureau tracks it along its path. The stories of various people affected by the violent weather are dramatized by a cast of forty-plus.
The star of a theater group, an aging Lothario with several marriages to his credit, falls for a younger actress in the cast. After meeting her family, he realizes that his past will stand in the way of their happiness. He pretends to romance one of his ex-wives so the girlfriend will be able to dump him.
Anne was raised in a tawdry environment and constantly overshadowed by her successful, sexy younger sister. She enrolls in an art class for relief from her drudgery and meets a handsome, but jaded, playboy. He finds her a breath of fresh air, but Anne can't believe a good-looking man would have any interest in her,
A pianist has lost both of his hands in a tragic accident. A respected surgeon performs the impossible by grafting the hands of a recently-hanged killer onto the disabled musician. The musician's new hands prefer murdering to playing sonatas.
A woman who lives with her brother and his daughter decide to reach out across the ocean and invite a British exchange student to stay with them. The visitor is an American actor, posing as a Britain, who proceeds to charm the young daughter of the household. The girl's fiancé is jealous of the would-be European's class, even though he's no slouch himself.
A husband who's carrying on an affair cannot get his wife to give him a divorce. Harold arranges for Alice to have an "accident"; he tampers with phone lines so that when he calls her from his office, there will be a deadly explosion. His well-engineered plan does not come off as expected.
A hard-driving, domineering business executive is determined to become the company's next president. He invites the retiring chairman and his wife to his Long Island home to wine and dine his way into the position. The man's family members, who are fed up with his tyrannical control over them, finally stage a mutiny at the dinner party.
A soldier and his buddies find themselves in Europe at the end of the war. Believing their opinions are as important as those of Army brass and politicians, they formulate their own peace plan and are determined to share it. They work their way into the Paris peace talks and Private Purkey makes sure the world hears his ideas.
Dr. Robert Collis works to rehabilitate children, both physically and spiritually, who were held at Belsen, the notorious Nazi prison camp. He invests special efforts to win over Eva, who guards her younger brother so tightly that they can't treat his tuberculosis. This is based on actual events.
Marion Shaw, a premiere concert vocalist, takes a forced summer rest in Cape Cod to give her strained voice a chance to recover. The truth slowly becomes obvious to both Marion and her voice coach that her singing days are over. The burden of losing her career is lightened by a handsome man she meets in the resort town.
A World War I hero operates on the belief that money, and lots of it, buys happiness. He jumps into the airplane business, believing it will offer big bucks, but soon fails. He plunges into the stock market and meets a woman, but she soon leaves him because of his iffy finances. His single minded goal of money continues to negatively influence his career choices and his relationships.
Scientist Philip Armstrong returns to England to conduct tests on a top secret government weapon. Dr. Allen, whom he doesn't know, is assigned to work with him. The doctor confides that he's in love with a woman he's just recently met. It turns out that the woman is Armstrong's wife. With the stress of his work and his marriage in shambles, the scientist is on the verge of a crack-up.
Wanting to catch other criminals, the British secret service gains the release of a counterfeiter who's dropped into France. He is to produce bills that contain a tiny flaw to be used to pay off the suspected double-dealers. With the plan a success, the ex-con is free to go. Following the war, the counterfeiter disappears and authorities find two perfect plates. Clearly, he couldn't resist the temptation to print a little for himself
A one-time big name fighter, Tony Marino, is on his way down the boxing ladder, but he still can throw his powerful "Sunday punch." Tony's manager tries to bribe him to take a dive in a fight with up-and-comer Kid Walker. Tony is infuriated and almost wins the fight, though he suffers a dangerous head injury that could have lasting repercussions.
Upon the death of a famed writer, two colleagues competing to write his biography visit his country estate. While there, they meet a charming local barmaid, Rosie, with quite a story to tell: she had married an unsuccessful middle-aged writer and was a major influence that guided him to being a better man and noted author.
Based on a true story from World War II, Felice Benuzzi was one of 10,000 prisoners of war held at the Kenya camp. Benuzzi and two others manage to escape by successfully scaling down the 17,000-foot high Mt. Kenya.
A solider on a three-day weekend pass is determined to paint the town. With $200 and his fiancé, he hits the nightspots in New York City. His girlfriend, though, soon tires of the party life and becomes irritated by his refusal to name a wedding date. After she storms off, he decides to connect with another girl, unaware of what adventures she has in store for him.
After far to many months at sea, tensions build among the men and officers of the cruiser U.S.S. Atlantis during World War II. Lt. Alec Austen is already irritated by the constant meddling of his executive and gunnery officers. After months of tedium and threatened danger, the ship encounters a Japanese force in the Aleutians and is thrust into a furious battle for survival.
A young man in love with a sophisticated woman from the city is torn between his desires and those of his family. His parents wish him and his brother to stay and work on their small Minnesota wheat farm while both want to escape the tough life and move to the city. It's up to the mother to keep the family together in spirit during their Thanksgiving holiday reunion.
An overweight piccolo player's accompaniment to a soprano's aria is so well-received that the two are suddenly in demand as a duo. As their fame and popularity grow, so does the piccolo player's love for his beautiful partner. As he's trying to muster up the courage to ask her to marry him, he learns that she has become engaged to another. Heartbroken, he disappears, never to be seen or heard from again.
Jackie Cooper stars in this biography of jazz great Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow. An unruly youth, his parents put him in a reform school where he first encountered jazz. He eventually became a talented clarinetist and fronted his own combo during the 1920s, but when music trends moved towards big bands, he suffered a rapid decline in fortunes. Mezz endured much mental suffering during this period before being reintroduced to the public by friends like musician Gene Krupa.
Tom, a smooth talking gigolo, makes the rounds through the speakeasies of 1920s New York. He's loved by Veronia, a woman with a lot of money, but he loses interest when he meets Iris. She presents herself as a person of society on the verge of big film career. Wedding plans quickly follow, until their lies catch up with both of them.
Individuals throughout an American city end up touching one another in unexpected ways during the holiday season. Among the unrelated people are a lonely old man and his cat, a movie actor hoping to make it home for Christmas, a businessman, and a scientist who chooses to work in his lab on Christmas Eve.