Desperate businessman Paul Carter steals money from the home of a dead investor; the only person who can connect him to the theft is a little girl-who mentions him in a school essay. When his secretary Helen reads the essay, she uses it to blackmail him into a romance.
Harriet Eldridge faithfully cares for her employer's home while he is on an extended visit to Hawaii, all the better to cover the fact that she has murdered him for his money. Suddenly the employer's long-lost niece Valerie arrives with a secret of her own--and Harriet's brother Melvin falls for her.
Jean Grant learns that the man she has been dating is a criminal when he is sent to prison so she hires lawyer John Bradley to sever all of her ties to him. Then a blackmailer shows up, threatening to reveal the relationship.
In San Fransisco, a man legally dead, running from his past, is blackmailed by a crook who forces him to participate in crimes. He realizes that he's also on the lam, so he tries to convince his blackmailer to follow his path and fake a suicide to escape the law.
Newly engaged Cora James learns from a fortune teller that she has no future after March 13 (a few days away), then her scientist fiancé is talking about a human test subject for his new serum and she begins to suspect she's the guinea pig-and that is doomed.
Charles Belden's miserable life consists of little more than managing his nasty, overbearing wife's sizable wealth in their remote cliff side home. When a girl comes to work there as a housekeeper, he decides he'll kill his wife and run away with her.
Stressed businessman Clint Markham checks into a sanitarium for a rest. Sneaking out at night for a rendezvous with his lover he encounters a vengeful ex, leading to his murdering her and trying to recover all evidence that he had left the sanitarium.
Bored with routine, restless office worker Arthur Winslowe impulsively bets on a horse race; he wins big and runs out on his wife to start a new life in Miami. Everything goes well, until his wife arrives to spoil everything....
Martin Heath's doctor tells him he only has three months to live. A tough older man seems to be following him, and later in the day he reveals he knows his situation, and proposes Heath confess to a murder, and he'll pay Heath's soon-to-be widow $10,000.
Socialites Lydia and Elliot Larkin must pretend that their broken marriage is a happy one to qualify for a huge inheritance but when Lydia recalls that if one of them dies the survivor will still inherit, she starts plotting murder.
Mild-mannered Gerald Marsh is devastated when his fiancée breaks up with him for another man. After rejecting the idea of suicide, he is soon negotiating the underworld looking for a hit man who can eliminate his rival.
Bright young lawyer David Martin has no qualms being counsel to mobster Branch Morgan. Then he becomes sole witness to a murder committed by the gangster and realizes how insecure his position really is.
Lawyer Eddie Davis works his way into the trust of millionaire Peter Jackson and is made chief beneficiary in the old man's will. Then Jackson announces he is marrying a much younger woman and Eddie sees his fortune threatened.