A man learns that he is suspected of murdering his wife, whom he now claims never existed.
Dick Powell portrays the owner of a swank restaurant which offers gambling. Trouble arises when a beautiful woman patron insists that she is about to be murdered.
After quarrelling with a woman a man loses his hat and winds up being accused of her murder.
An actor named Paul is out on an evening stroll when he sees a young woman attempting to jump off a bridge. After a struggle, he discovers her name is Amy and she is homeless. Paul believes $5 could mean the difference between decency & despair so he pays for Amy to stay in a hotel for the night, agreeing to meet her the next day. Amy is nowhere to be found when Paul returns. He worries and begins the search for this mysterious woman.
A fugitive from the police returns to his hometown after a 15-year absence.
A doctor caring for natives on a tropical island is dismissed by the bully owner of the island who discovered a discrepancy in his medical past. Suddenly, the owner is struck with acute appendicitis and the just-fired doctor is called to perform emergency surgery.
An incurably ill child's desire to see his father brings about a great transformation in the character of a knavish officer.
A young middleweight boxer finds at the height of his career that his championship fight has been fixed.
On a train returning from India, William Langford meets a man who is carrying 75,000 English pounds in his briefcase. Murder becomes a possibility when the man and his money suddenly disappear.
A famous marshal of Dodge City sets out in search of the murderous Sonoma Kid and runs into a tragedy of the desert.
A wife finally goes to the doctor about her hearing loss and returns home in time to hear her husband plot her death.
Theater-goers are surprised to see actor Victor Sherman at the play, considering what happened a year earlier. As the play proceeds, the man in the box imagines himself playing each of the characters in the drama being performed onstage.
A young boy fights to win his foster mother’s love.
After separating from his wife, a wealthy clubman is about to marry a much young woman -- whereupon his mirror image walks out on him in disgust.
A sea captain en route to the Orient discovers that a time bomb has been planted on his ship.
Five people, one a murder, are trapped on a subway.
A psychiatrist listens to his female patients go on about their troubles. As they talk, he imagines himself within each of their stories.
Burt Stroude is a virtual shoe-in to be nominate to the U.S. Senate. His future is threatened when an incident from his past comes to the public's attention.
An aspiring actor finds his career thwarted by his resemblance to his already successful cousin.
Another of the great Willie Dante stories. Stan, the son of the DA, is a secret gambler. He loses big in Willie's joint and pays by check. Stan's pretty sister shows up to ask Willie's help. Deras, a gangster up before the Grand Jury, wants to get hold of Stan's check to blackmail the DA. He shows up at Dante's and Willie turns over the check at gunpoint. Never to be out-witted, Willie has Lt. Waldo waiting in the wings to get the checks back, have Deras arrested, and win Stan's sister.
The Commander, a mildly brain injured war hero, lives with his greedy family. All he wants is his own house, while all they want is to preserve their failing wealth, at all costs. When Frank, his younger brother, kills a man over a gambling debt, the family convinces Claude that he is the one that did it. He takes the blame, but instead of being arrested, he is given a $10,000 reward because the dead man was a most wanted criminal.
A journalist's wife who, while alone on a sea voyage, becomes the center of male attention.
A suave attorney is hired to defend a man on trial for robbery and murder. The attorney finds the real culprit and solves the mystery in the courtroom.
A pediatrician who advises mothers on raising their children finds himself in difficulties with his own brood.
Randy Stone, a reporter becomes very curious when a beautiful woman hires a diver to recover her purse from the bottom of the river.
An overworked shipping magnate is ordered by his doctor to take a vacation. While at the resort, he falls in love with a blind woman.
A playboy decides that the way to get a pretty young painter to concentrate on him is to discourage her interest in art.
A beautiful, intelligent, and politically savvy young woman takes up residency in the city park to protest the Mayor's decision to end rent control on apartments. The comically ornery mayor seems to have met his match! Sparks fly as the Mayor dispatches the city's handsome attorney in an attempt to oust the young woman, who gives her a friendly warning that she will get evicted and lose in court. The tables get turned as the woman proves she is also good at law, but after some very interesting negotiations, all's well that ends well.
A doctor encounters suspicion and a dark secret when he rents a house in Cuba.
A bored husband looks for romance with a girl he meets on a train.
A businessman becomes moody and antagonistic each year at Christmas because it reminds him of his estranged son, who chose to become a geologist instead of following in his father's footsteps.
A woman visits an isolated house expecting to meet with the realtor. Instead, she encounters a murderer who's escaped from a mental hospital. When a couple drops in to tour the home, she tries to escape with them, but they refuse to believe her story of a killer with a body in the fireplace.
One important day in the life of a test pilot. He must take a jet plane up and test it after learning that his daughter may have polio.
An honest professional casino owner runs into bad luck with impending insolvency or sale of his property. He also runs into his ""long-lost"" never forgotten misdirected son who is obsessed to better his hated father at gambling for having abandoned (rejected) him in infancy when it was all the doing of his guardian, one-time socialite, protective maternal grandmother who has fallen from her lofty position as well. Honor, love and pride play their roles.
Joan Robinson works as a governess for a wealthy family. She attends a party thrown by her employer and, although she is an attractive young woman, she is completely ignored until one of the guests, Count Borselli, appraises the beads she is wearing as a valuable string of pearls. She proteststo no avail, knowing they are imitations. Her whole life changes. She is invited to parties, and wooed by a fortune hunter. When it's finally learned that the beads are worthless, she is fired and her suitor loses interest. The count admits that, provoked by the snobbish socialites, he deliberatly lied about the beads. In the end, he and the governess fall in love.
A society girl becomes involved with jewel thieves.
A man born without sight is told that an operation may give him vision. He hesitates, fearing that the world he has created in his imagination may be false.
A police detective, (Dick Powell), returns home to his family after a rough night on the job, only to have his meal interrupted by a constant stream of people: the milkman, his wife, his kids, the neighbor, the postman, the grocery boy, and a salesman. Afterwards, he finds that his gun is missing. In a panic that slowly turns to paranoia, he realizes that each of the visitors had said something that makes them a suspect.
Three members of a romantic triangle are trapped in a cellar with an unexploded bomb.
McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.
A detective (Dick Powel) takes a trip to a cabin in the woods to get away from it all. A man, his wife, and his two kids entertain him. When one of the kids let's it slip that their step-mother just got her blond hair, the detective predicts she is running from the law and decides to check it out.
A bank teller has his application for a raise refused. To press his point he robs the bank and arranges a parley.
An architect's wife endangers his career when she is involved in a car accident. While on a ride to a roadhouse, she accidentally spills brandy on the driver, with whom she has been flirting. The driver is assumed to be responsible for the fatal crash, and only the wife's testimony can save him.
An author whose curiosity about a piece of paper found in a library book leads him to a gang of spies.
Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will soon know the "real" meaning of the word "panic"--because within 24 hours, the man is going to kill Jordan.
Kit and her fiancé are hosting a Mardi Gras costume party at her huge mansion when frightening news arrives. Her ex-husband, a crazed murderer, has just escaped from prison and is believed to be costumed as the corpse-like character from Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death."
An artist turns detective to find out who murdered his favorite model and left the body in his studio.
A plastic surgeon helps an Italian count.
In the season premiere, a psychiatrist learns that a man he's had committed to an asylum for his homicidal tendencies has escaped.
A widower refuses to send his two children to school. A female psychologist is sent by Social Welfare Department to reform him, but is hindered in her job by personal feelings.
A young woman from a wealthy family is graduating from an exclusive school with neither her parents nor close friends attending. In her lonliness, she becomes infatuated with an older man, a divorced newspaper reporter.
Andre, a headwaiter, finds a customer's wallet containing a large sum of money.
A school teacher (Ida Lupino) on the disciplinery board, finds herself investigating her nephew's misconduct.
When a police detective investigates the murder of a playwright, his investigation leads him to two possible culprits - his brother and his fiancée.
A con man, recently released from prison, attempts to recoup his fortunes by convincing an heiress' secretary that he needs funds to run an orphanage.
A successful playwright does his best to avoid reading the script written by his young new wife. She can't understand why he refuses to encourage her. At a party celebrating his 25th year in the theatre, he reveals the incident from his past that causes him to discourage her writing.
Evelyn gets a job in an exclusive dress shop as part of a plan to marry a wealthy man.
A lonely hotel clerk is mistaken for a rich Texas oilman and suddenly begins an exciting new life. The masquerade leads to complications, however, when a beautiful girl appears on the scene.
A musician returns to New Orleans after breaking into the bigtime. Though his ex-wife deserted him, he is bent on revenge after receiving an anonymous letter telling him she committed suicide after being mistreated by her lover.
A renowned professional bridge champion (Boyer) returns to (openly) woo his long lost, but married, love (Miles). In circuitous fashion, his unselfish love leads him to (secretly) help her bridge-addicted husband (Ross Elliott) choose to finally gain success in life.
A cynical Hollywood writer returns to his hometown. At a bar he meets a drunken, disillusioned playwright. The writer challenges the playwright to relate his play, which he does, holding the audience rapt in his gripping recital.
Eddie, a cab driver, picks up a sad looking fare and brings him to a hotel where he witnesses the man being humiliated by his ex-wife. When the man asks to be taken to the middle of the biggest bridge, Eddie uses some every day, hard-nosed psychology, and a little lie, to make the man see that life is worth living.
Believing her husband innocent of the crime he is to be executed for, his wife takes up a vigil the night of the scheduled execution at a nearby café. A curious reporter wonders about the bag of oranges she carries with her.
A seemingly cuckolded working-class husband (Boyer), in tropical setting, must resort to a life-risking ruse (in court) to rid himself of his bigamous, greedy and potentially blackmailing wife who would not otherwise reveal her own lack of virtuosity.
A successful commercial artist is happy with his life until a beautiful model insists he should be painting “great works.”
An American nun in Germany plays Cupid for a Czech orphan girl and an American soldier.
A young woman teaches her timid husband some things about love when he tries to show her the importance of supporting Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency.
A TV Newsman goes to a small town to cover a lynching. He has anything but an open mind about the details of the story until he meets a girl who tries to explain things to him.
After a charmer sweeps a pretty widow off her feet and marries her in haste, she confesses that she has money and three children. He has no problem with the money, but the thought of instant fatherhood gives him pause.
The true story of Robert Louis Stevenson's stay on the island of Tahiti. The islanders have come to revere him as Tusitala-Teller of Tales. They believe he is magical and powerful. When the two opposing chiefs of the island plan war against one another out of petty jealousy, Tusitala uses his wits to convince both chiefs to make peace and save the tranquility of the island.
A tragic story of an English professor at a college in Japan who falls in love with an outcast Eurasian woman. His colleagues advise him to end the relationship lest he be outcast himself. He refuses, is forced to resign his position, and proceeds with his plans to marry the girl. He leaves for the USA to get a new job and find an apartment. On the day of his departure back to Japan, he is shocked to learn that his flight has been canceled because Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor. He finally does return to Japan...but as a bombardier on a mission to bomb Tokyo.
Ida Lupino stars as a parolee, Ellen, whose efforts to keep out of trouble only involve her in a murder.
While visiting a western ranch, a psychiatrist tries to use applied psychology to break a wild horse.
A mysterious stranger comes to the home of a young woman whose husband has just escaped from prison.
n artist searches for a beautiful girl he sketched during a chance meeting.
During the Indian wars of the 1870’s, a priest is captured by the Indians. After two years of torturous captivity, he is put to the test: can he forgive his tormentors?
The untimely death of his artist friend causes a failing writer to visit the widow to pay his condolences and pursue suspicions about her. When he arrives, the cheerful widow presents him with an offer he finds both puzzling and attractive. His acceptance leads him to the discovery of the fate of his friend.
An overweight woman watches her doctor boyfriend marry someone else.
Willie Dante, the tough but suave owner of a nightclub and illegal back room casino. One evening, Willie sees an old flame with a man and another couple, The woman, still caring for Willie, tells him that the people she's with are planning to rob his casino. Willie outwits them and keeps his former love from being arrested.
An erratic practical joker pays a visit to his childhood home in London. He encounters a straitlaced family that is trying to put an end to the daughter’s engagement to a man they consider beneath their position.
A suave, sophisticated confidence man whose romantic charm makes women easy prey for his outlandish but profitable schemes.
A young woman is planning her wedding to a groom whom no one believes exists outside her own wishful dreams.
A sharp-witted safecracker is placed in a small-town jail for temporary confinement. While his captors are absent, he devises a unique method of escape.
An army major in the service of a totalitarian government is ordered to assassinate an American physician.
A woman's loneliness leads her to re-experience her long repressed (20-year old) pain-associated memories (albeit benign themselves). The mystery: is she (Oberon) insane (hallucinations or phantasms?), will her busy businessman husband (Stevens) rediscover his more nurturing side (in other words will he ever finally land the account), and will a therapist (Beaumont) help bring it all together for the better and for us to make good sense of it?
A ruthless Hollywood actress flops miserably in the only stage play she ever attempted. She asks her director to teach her to become an actress.
A WWII captain must oversee an execution he doesn't want to happen.
A 100-year-old woman who recalls her romance with a desperado during the days of the old West.
Members of a private club suspect one of their members of cheating at cards. They hire a crooked card player to ferret out the guilty party.
A drama critic writes that he was unconvinced by an actress’s performance. The irate miss pays a visit to his home, armed with a gun.
A sheriff tries to keep his failing eyesight a secret, but a vicious outlaw learns the truth and challenges the lawman to a gun battle..
A successful businessman accepts a deal with the devil to modernize the administration of hell. Methods prove too efficient for his own good.
Because of his thrift, a very conservative and proper young man finds himself forced into wearing a rather garish suit. As a result, his personality undergoes a remarkable change.
A woman is surprised when her fiancÃ© turns out to have been married before.
A former jazz great is released from a mental hospital where he has been treated for amnesia...and for the attempted murder of his wife, and attempted suicide. Upon returning to his home and wife, a series of events leads up to the startling discovery of what really happened the night of the attempted murder/suicide.
Industrialist Fleet Mason, a workaholic who doesn't realize how many lives he effects with his stressed-out working habits. When he thinks his loving wife has hung up on him in disgust, he re-evaluates his life by taking an imaginary bus trip to Meadville"". The trip is to nowhere and is full of psychological imagery. In a smoke shrouded bus terminal he meets all the people in his life as total strangers. When he meets his wife and realizes she doesn't recognize him, he becomes despondent. Only when his father appears and guides him to the exit does he realize how he must alter his life.
A wealthy woman separates from her fortune-hunting husband. She rents a swanky New York penthouse in a building so new that she is the only one living there. When she awakens from a nap, she finds herself trapped in the apartment. Her estranged husband and his girlfriend are after her money and are hoping this will drive her crazy.
When her long-time pin-boy retires, bowling proprietress hires the one guy who answers her want-ad right away. He turns out to be an escaped committed psychotic who, lonely and always lacking in the social skills, never received the nurturing of a friend [you think]. We know it but it takes some time before she becomes aware. While waiting for the police to come to apprehend him, she lets him walk her home through the park while lending him her sympathetic ear. Dealing with a psychotic might take some finesse. How will HE take it? And how will he take IT?
Disappointed that his 25 years’ service with one firm has gone unnoticed, a mild and meek bookkeeper embarks on a mad whirl to forget his sorrows.
After 20 years in prison, an ex-convict has only one purpose in mind: revenge on his former business partner.
An employee catches attractive Mrs. Raymond making a pass at Willie, then Mr. Raymond comes to the club with a gun to get even. Willie shoots him in self defense, but Willie is framed when Mr. Raymond's gun disappears.
A woman plots to murder her husband in order to collect his insurance. Her plans are overheard by her father-in-law.
An American newspaperman is given an important letter to smuggle out of a foreign country. He then becomes involved romantically with a beautiful spy who also wants the letter.
Suave restaurateur-gambler Willie Dante rebuffs the attempt of racketeers to cash in on his gambling activities. He appears to change his mind, however, due to the influence of a beautiful woman.
The first mate on a merchant ship has been waiting for years to take command of the ship. When the elderly captain makes a mistake at a time when the ship is in danger the first mate sees his chance.
A lonely spinster falls in love for the first time in her life. But unknown to her, the man is married.
A detective follows his quarry into the jungles of Batavia. Three men answer the description of the murderer he seeks.
The conflict of a prison warden who discovers exculpatory evidence on the eve of an execution.
A famous author gets embroiled in an unusual situation when he offers to drive a young Mexican girl to her ranch.
A man devotes his life to caring for his bedridden wife, but there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
A jealous husband devises an unusual method of learning whether or not his wife has been faithful. He believes she has not told him the truth about some flowers she received.
A TV writer finds inspiration from a little girl travelling to Los Angeles.
An American intelligence officer falls into the brutal hands of a derelict white man now risen to power in Red China.
A scuffle between two friends brings sudden and accidental death to one of them. The survivor, believing he will be accused of murder, has only four hours to find the only person who can testify that the death was accidental-the dead man’s fiancée.
Willie Dante proprietor of Dante’s Inferno, sends home a young bride who wants to learn how to gamble. She claims she wants to take more of an interest in her bridegroom’s activities!
After the death of her husband, a bewildered city girl is forced to make her home on a farm with her brother-in-law’s family. The narrow-minded brother resents the young widow, who scandalizes the countryside by using nail polish and makeup.
A professor agrees to a strange bargain. He consents to marry a girl he does not know and then to disappear.
A priest is called in to stand by a tyrant dictator threatened with assassination. The entire population of his small country, through mass “thought transmission,” wills his death.
In an effort to escape her past, a woman takes a job in a plant.
After five years in a mental institution, a man’s wife returns home to resume a normal life. His problem is complicated by the fact that he has fallen in love with his secretary.
A Hollywood screenwriter, in love with an ambitious actress, finds she is using him to further her career.
A wealthy woman spoiled by her husband’s attentions, unwillingly goes with him on a second honeymoon to the farm where he spent his childhood. After her husband breaks his leg horseback riding, she finds herself face to face with an escaped murderer in the lonely old house.
Willie Dante, owner of a gaming house, is threatened by blackmailers. They want to use his place for a payoff.
The same day a prominent doctor is to receive a coveted award for his word, his wife learns of a hidden secret that could destroy his career.
After serving and being wounded in World War 2, a captain is recalled to duty in Korea. Because of his resentment, he is branded a coward by his company and faces removal from his command.
An aspiring actress has spent 20 years in Hollywood, not gaining fame as she had hoped, but as a stand-in for a well-known actress. Her ambition turns to despair, and her affection to bitterness.
A man is assigned to force a small-town newspaper out of existence.