When Mark Fleming uses his check to travel to Vienna to search for his sister who might have survived a WWII death camp that his parents did not, he falls in love with a woman who might turn out to be the sister.
A woman is only shortly married to a man who fakes his death to avoid the wrath of his gangster pal and then is suspected of complicity in a scheme because she suddenly has a lot of money although she did not know the husband's past.
A doctor and his nurse wife are kidnapped by a murderous bank robber to heal the robber's wounded partner on pain of death and the doctor uses his just received check to barter for his wife's life when the partner dies.
Jim Hayes' wife is fed up with her husband bringing home unannounced guests leaving her with a mess every morning and treating her as an employee so she withdraws as wife and formally takes to an extreme extent a job as housekeeper.
Maureen Reynolds upon receiving letters from her engineer husband of short duration marked deceased goes to South America and discovers the husband is a much despised man who stole company supplies in the midst of a revolution.
Matthew Brogan secretly makes it financially possible for Jim Phillips, the man who saved his life in Korea, to marry his long term sweetheart but is surprised that he must first disrupt Phillips romance with a nightclub singer.
Mitchell Gunther uses his million in a plan to make it appear that his partner Ray Wilson murdered him because he wants revenge for a ruinous fatal construction accident that he thinks Wilson caused by used of inferior materials.
Andrew Cooley who has unsuccessfully worked a gold mine for years spends money freely when he receives his check and is pressured by devious business men to sell his worthless mine because the men believe his spending means its valuable.
Bohemian Jackson Greene wants his money to build a beatnik artists' colony on land a citizens committee wants to add a wing to a children's hospital so the committee sends to negotiate a woman to which Greene is cautiously attracted.
A cab driver feeling generous after receiving his money offers a ride gratis to a pretty woman but the woman does not return from the house where the driver discovers a murdered man causing police scrutiny for him.
New York file clerk Elizabeth Tander after receiving her check vacations in Los Angeles where she meets a hotel clerk and aspiring actor David Stevens who she is warned is after her money but Stevens thinks she is struggling city girl.
Adopted daughter Sylvia Merrick, hated by the biological son of a father whose fortune the brother has squandered, is the victim just before her check arrives of a failed murder attempt planned by the brother to appear a suicide.
Whitney Ames' daughter Linda returns from college to find her father has a big new house and a new bride which leads her to anxiously think that the woman has married her father for the benefits of the fortune her father must now have.
Korean veteran Mitchell learns that family business has collapsed so promises to pay all the debts even though not legally bound but when he receives his million he struggles with his promise since it will take almost the entire check.
After receiving his check, Sandy Newell who has gone to Alaska to make a fortune to marry the woman he loves returns home to discover why the woman has sent him a rejection letter and finds that she is blind.
Because Larry Maxwell receives an unacceptable contract, the million is used to buy the pitcher's baseball team under his wife's maiden name so no one knows Larry's ownership status but Connie Maxwell acts like the usual management.
A small town librarian with aspirations to be a writer is mistaken as the secretive writer of racy romance novels by town folk and the fact she cannot dissuade their talk becomes more complicated when a reporter comes to do her story.
Gallery secretary Julie Sherman falls for aspiring artist Adam Spencer who cancels his proposal when Julie's boss determines Spencer is not ready for a gallery so when Julie receives the million she buys a gallery and Spencer's paintings.
Locksmith Peter Longman falls for a woman for whom he unlocks a door from which she is locked out but when he goes to later see the woman he discovers the body of another woman to whom the police say the apartment actually belongs.
Maggie searches New York and Paris for a Frenchman she met at the top of the Empire State Building to thank him for the words he said that brought her out of despair which helped her be in a place where she could receive the million.