Three individual one-act stories are told, each involving young men facing moral or ethical decisions which will have profound effects on their futures. Act one profiles a high school student who's planning to elope with his girlfriend; Act two looks at a young man who's asked to deal drugs; Act three is the story of a college fraternity president who's supposed to expel one of the brothers.
An elderly mariner is making his final voyage as the captain of a non-seaworthy boat owned by shady characters. Determined to retire with his dignity, the captain takes the ragged ship out to sea with the intention of wrecking the wreck.
A middle-aged man decides that the joys of youth were preferable to the success he now enjoys in business. As he retreats into the dreams of his carefree youth, he physically begins to fade away before the eyes of his friends and associates.
A shy, young man in a small town has been disliked by people his whole life. He makes his first real friend, the wife of the local pool hall owner, and falls madly in love with her. Shanks unwittingly becomes a factor is his own downfall.
A school bus driver steers his vehicle into the path of an on-coming train and four children are killed. As a man who once believed he had all of life's answers finds himself struggling to make sense of anything.
A lumberjack actively guards a mysterious black box in his possession. This piques the curiosity of the others in the logging camp. Everyone has a theory about its contents, ranging from love letters to evidence of a murder.
An auto mechanic unhappy with his lot in life plans to kill his wife and collect on the insurance policy he just opened on her. When the "accident" he arranged for her fizzles, he cancels the policy. As luck would have it, his wife becomes seriously injured in a real accident. Now he's fighting to keep her alive because her recently deceased father left her a small fortune that goes to charity if she dies.
The life of the genius Albert Einstein is highlighted in this biography. His early years in Prague, when he proposed his famed Theory of Relativity, are presented. The show then focuses on his later life when he lived modestly among the people of Princeton, New Jersey.
A South African plantation is home to a baobab tree, a large native plant which is said to kill all other life near it. The action centers on a woman who flirts shamelessly and the price she pays for her actions.
A singer discovers that success can carry a high price when he gets swept up by fast-talking con men. As he rises to the top, he finds the people around him are more interested in a piece of his income than in his welfare. Johnny Desmond sings "Please Don't Forget Me, Dear."
A bigamist has two different wives in two different cities that he travels between for business. Neither knows about the other, until one fateful day. Unable to justify his behavior to either woman, he commits a crime he never thought he would have.
A naive salesclerk is named "Miss Courtesy" by her store and is awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Nassau. While vacationing at the exotic locale, she falls under the spell of a suave and sophisticated man of the world.
In this unusual drama, seven actors portray the same character as he's seen through the eyes of different people. The "Standard Who" is how the man sees himself, along with the "Ineffectual Who", the "Solid Who", the "Slob Who", the "Satyr Who", the "Nasty Who" and the "Godlike Who".
An unhappy wife is forbidden by her psychotic husband to even have friends. he's a man who retired early to play with his toy soldier collection. When she falls in love with another, she see the chance to leave this unhappy life behind. She's torn, however, because she knows her husband would be lost without her.
A college professor is obsessed with getting a piece of property owned by the mother of one of his students. He tries to charm the the property from her, before attempting to destroy the woman. The mother gets the last word, but pays a big price for it.
A husband and wife have begun to drift apart after nine years of marriage. The husband spends more and more time at his law office, convincing his spouse that he's having an affair. She confronts him with her belief.
A meek editor at a religious publishing house believes that only a large sum of money could give him the life he wants and the nerve to propose to the woman he loves. Upon discovering the next day's newspaper at his doorstep, he becomes bold and aggressive trying to capitalize on the stock market and race track results the magic newspaper contains.
Ken Reed, once a big name actor in Hollywood, refuses to accept that he's no longer the star he thinks he is. Even though he hasn't had a film role in two years, he continues to live lavishly, even refusing a supporting part on Broadway because it's beneath him. He is given one last chance at career redemption, and it hinges on a successful test for television.
In this comedy set in Mississippi, an aging Southern belle grudgingly opens her mansion to tacky Yankee tourists during the annual azalea festival. Needing the money to keep the bank from foreclosing on her home, she also takes in a boarder, a young man who's written a popular but critical book about the Natchez way of life.
Bernice has spent her whole life working in her father's store and being dominated by her beautiful mother. When she finally finds love in the form of a salesman, her mother disapproves. Bernice is forced to choose between the man of her dreams and her controlling parent.
An accountant who's a rabid baseball fan is chosen to umpire the game between his office and their biggest competitor. When he makes a close call against his company's team, he finds himself a shunned outcast.
In the season premiere, James Cagney plays an Army sergeant who escorts the body of a fellow sergeant to his hometown. With the Korean War long over, he finds most people disinterested and wonders if their mission was in vain.
A wife deals with maddening problems running a household on an island not far off the coast from Seattle. In this comic tale, the mother deals with two teen-aged daughters, plumbing that doesn't work, and a friend with eyes on their housekeeper.
The wife of a doctor who's devoted his work to public health feels he's a fool for not going into private practice where he can make more money. When she eventually leaves him, the doctor decides he's had enough of the big city and its so-called sophistication. He heads for the Caribbean to set up a public health station.
A brilliant Madison Avenue ad man had tired of the pressure, so he and his wife retire to the supposedly serene life of a Vermont apple farmer. His first crop of motley-looking fruit tasted great, so he wrote an advertisement singing the praises of spotted apples. Soon, he had organized his fellow farmers into an association and was running an ad agency out of his house.
The president of a drug company returns from Europe to an awaiting lawsuit alleging that one of their medicines killed a boy. After being convinced of the drug's toxicity, he must choose to either to directly alert the public or, as others at the firm suggest, quietly remove it from the market.
In this adaptation of the 1950 film, an opportunist writer grudgingly plays love interest to delusional silent film star Nora Desmond. In her fantasy world she's still the world's biggest star and throngs of adoring fans are awaiting her big comeback.
An American film star, on location in Britain, makes a $50 donation to a run-down church. When the money disappears, a furor follows with the church receiving much publicity. Soon, tourists are flocking to the chapel and donations are pouring in.
This annual live presentation of the opera is telecast in color on this series. Amahl, a disabled young peasant boy, tells his widowed mother that he's just seen a magnificent star in the sky. Soon, there's a knock at their door. Three kings on a long journey arrive at their door asking for a place to rest. They are carrying with them gifts to present to the Christ Child. Wanting to send a gift, but being very poor, Amahl has only his crutch to give.