District Attorney Paul Nelson's Senate run seems a shoe-in after sending a punk to the gas chamber for murder. But then a man claiming he's the actual killer threatens to expose Nelson's blunder unless he's paid $20,000. Refusing to believe he sent an innocent man to his death, Nelson does some investigating on his own.
A professional stage pick-pocket has fallen on hard times, unable to get a booking since he developed arthritis in his hands. Desperate for money, he puts his skills to work on the general public, but his conscience won't let him actually keep their money. Then suddenly, good things start coming his way.
In post-war Germany two GIs outline two divergent interpretations of a portrait of a beautiful woman: one sees a charming but unscrupulous cafe entertainer, the other sees a chemist intent on avenging the Third Reich. The lady then appears.