A college track coach is on the verge of achieving his dream: a championship victory. At the big meet, his star athlete is deemed ineligible because of a technicality. When the coach is called away, his assistant bends the rules to let the athlete play and the team is victorious. Upon his return, he must decide whether to accept the success or practice honesty.
Clara, though a child piano prodigy, is unable to compete in the adult concert world. Depressed over the sad state of her career, she meets a widower who's daughter was also a musical prodigy but, unlike Clara, she made a well adjusted transition into adulthood thanks to her caring father.
A millionaire hoping to be appointed to a diplomatic post is distracted by his mischievous daughter. Her behavior so frustrates his household staff that they quit en masse, just as he's invited a powerful ambassador over for a dinner party. His daughter takes charge and, with the help of an inventor who just happened by, pose as the maid and butler.
Lobblies, little invisible creatures, are seen only by Mr. Mergenthwirker, a sweet little man who's pure of heart. The Lobblies insist on doing kind things for him like bringing him his slippers; those not of "pure heart" see only the slippers floating mid-air. Friends that he tells of the Lobblies insist he see a psychiatrist.
Suffering from rheumatic fever, a boy's parents take him to the seashore to recover. It's there that he befriends an old sea dog named Cap'n Jonas. The captain suffers a major heart attack, but prior to dying assures the child that he will always be nearby if he needs his help. Cap'n Jonas makes good on his promise when the boy needs a dangerous operation.
A college student faces embarrassment and expulsion for having cheated on an exam. Her fiance is a member of the university's undergraduate honor board and could quietly make the matter "disappear." The young woman reconsiders, deciding that covering up for her bad behavior would be wrong and build a bad foundation for their marriage.
With the mother expecting another child and the father trying to make the car and house payment and arrange a bank loan, their children feel neglected. They voice their dissatisfaction by accusing their father of being a failure. When the son finds himself in trouble and his dad comes to his rescue, he's forced to reconsider what being a "failure" really means.
Just out of prison Joe Harris looks to restart his life. His wife Barbie has moved and the one man who can tell him where refuses to do so. Enraged, Joe beats the old man senseless and runs away to his father's home, where he also finds his wife. A police detective comes around about the beating (which will soon to become a murder) and Joe insists he's innocent. Joe tells his wife and father he's a changed man and he's only a suspect because of his prior conviction. Barbie and Fred struggle with their desire to believe Joe's plea versus their fear he'll never change.
A movie actress whose star is starting to dim plots her return to the spotlight. She moves back to her hometown and opens a combination boarding house/acting school, hoping to discover a the next big talent and mentor them to the top.
A grandmother brings in male boarders because she's looking for a man to marry her eldest daughter's daughter. The daughter, however, is very happy being a career woman. A battle between the old world ways and modern goals follows.
The newer techniques of modern medicine come up against the ways and traditions of an older generation. A country doctor who's based his approach on humanity is urged by his son, also a doctor, to retire. The son is a successful big city surgeon who believes in a more clinical, detached method of healing patients. The old country doctor has no intention of retiring. Instead, he sets out to prove the effectiveness of his style.
The lifeguard at an exclusive resort realizes that, come fall, he will lose his connection to the rich upper class. He has no desire to leave their world so he conspires to marry a wealthy girl he's met at the club. The lifeguard's sister has figured out his motives and goes about subtly sabotaging his efforts.
An elderly German refugee refuses to adjust to his new life in the United States. He brought with him a cuckoo clock that, to him, symbolizes Germany's superiority over the superficial Americans. The old man even objects to his daughter's boyfriend, claiming the young man isn't good enough for her.
One-time college football All-American Steve Gallin was blinded in a car accident with his son at the wheel. His guilt-ridden child tries to regain his father's confidence, while reassuring him that he will always be a great man to his family and friends.
A childless young couple decides they'd like to adopt a pair of kids as their own. With absolutely no clue about how to raise children, they invite a couple of boys from a poor neighborhood to spend a couple of weeks with them in the country. The unruly youths are such a handful that the couple is almost ready to give up on the idea of having a family.
Donald Cousin's career plan was to save enough money to leave the rat race of the city and open a sporting goods store in Maine. His wife begins to turn against the idea when he keeps getting raises and promotions at his insurance job. A fortuitous accident ends up making the decision for them.
A spinster and her retired brother, an old seaman, argue over the future of his young daughter. A young man whom the captain took in and raised returns to their small British town on military leave and proposes to the daughter. The spinster aunt smells a gold-digger.
While passing through a small New England town, a young woman is arrested for reckless driving. A law allows prisoners with minor offences to be hired out for light housework. This places her in the home of an attractive bachelor whose fiance puts a stop to this working relationship.
"Mr. Candido" is the name of a young orphan who chooses to live on the streets rather than endure the horrors of a boys' shelter. The young man so charms the tenants of a run-down New York tenement that four families of very different backgrounds (Ramirez, McGinty, Rosenbloom and Gomez) band together to help him find a permanent home with parents.
Nosy residents of a small town start asking questions about a low-key, private family that lives in their village. Fear and suspicion rear their ugly heads when it's learned that the mother was cleared of charges in the death of her first husband.
Dr. Rainwater is an adventurous young man whose brings his traveling medicine show to tiny Las Gatos, Texas. When he's jailed for a minor offense, he talks his way out by agreeing to court a local lass on behalf of the sheriff. Soon, he's wooing her more for his benefit than he is for the sheriff.
Set in 1871 against the backdrop of Indian battles in the West, an Army lieutenant has an affair with the wife of a corporal. With an attack at hand, his troops abandon him to save the life of the beloved corporal.
Tired of his wife's budget-breaking antiques shopping, a husband suggests that she get a job to see how hard it is to make a buck. She does and is such a success at making money that he takes some time off and just relaxes around the house.
A man returns home after serving time for embezzling company funds he needed for a family emergency. When he discovers that the townspeople are unwilling to hire him, his wife recommends they move to her sister's where a job awaits him at his brother-in-law's firm.
A female safe-cracker cleans out the contents of a jewellery store and needs to lie low for a while. She goes to stay with her niece Polly and her husband, Rev. Sam Thurber, in their small town home. The reverend has recently been victimized by a land swindler, so the safe-cracker decides to equal the score with the local crook though she'll be risking her capture.
A Korean War veteran quietly bums around the country until he becomes implicated in a murder. A small town mob is ready to lynch him and the sheriff has his reasons for not wanting to know the truth: the hobo vet has begun dating his daughter.
While on a cruise, an author becomes acquainted with a lovely young woman. Though nothing happens between them, the writer pens a story about their nonexistent romantic escapade. Upon reading the story, the woman believes that the author is married to an invalid wife and wishes to be rescued from his horrible life. She's more than happy to do that for him.
A spinster and a young girl plan a "welcome home" party for the woman's brother, Jonathan. He's returning home after 20 years in Australia, but only a few steps ahead of the police. His sister refuses to believe he's a criminal and forges ahead with the party.