Bing Crosby makes a rare dramatic appearance, and his 8-year-old daughter Mary Frances makes her TV acting debut. Fading film star Charlie Castle is facing a crisis. He may lose his voice--and his career. Fascinated by Castle's predicament, photographer Phil Pearson wants to capture the 'core' of the actor on film. Pearson tags along as Castle makes the rounds, visiting his daughter, his ex-wife, and the stages where he once played starring roles.
During the Battle of the Bulge, word goes out to watch for German soldiers dressed as GIs. That's when black sergeant Chris Christiansen begins wondering if the GI who befriended him is really a friend--or the enemy.
Small-time gambler Al Risko, heavily in debt to the syndicate, is ordered to collect from another loser. Finding himself a hero to a troubled youngster, Risko makes it tougher on himself by balking at the mob's assignment.
Four convicts are transferred to a minimum security prison for psychological rehabilitation. While the prison doctor confronts them in intense psychiatric sessions, the four cons do some meditating on the side--planning their escape.