Dino, who has just been released from reform school, is sullen and uncooperative with his family and his guidance counselors. However, he knows that, if he returns to his life of crime, his adoring young brother will be with him.
Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to from New York to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
A magazine writer, married to his part-time editor, is vaguely discontented with his life. Then one night he learns that after many years of marriage, he is going to be a father. The news has an extraordinary effect on the lives of the couple.
A famous gunfighter of the Wild West teaches his young ranch boy companion an important lesson in life. A team of men set out to sell a new Colt firearm and one is a sharpshooter, the other a salesman. One of the men is the famous Ringo Kid. When his identity is learned, there is trouble.
Two columnists cover the political scene and are practically identical twins. One is married, one is single and the wife of one wishes the other would get married and move to the suburbs. When the confirmed bachelor does announce plans for an impending marriage the two men decide to have adjoining penthouse apartments and the wives have other ideas.
A proud Florentine duchess's prayer to the Saint of the Impossible is answered in an unexpected manner. The Italian duchess has disowned her niece because the girl insists on living a gypsy-like life as a nightclub dancer. However, the arrival of a seemingly irreverent painter penetrates the stony facade of an archly unemotional duchess and humanizes her.
Arriving in Washington, a freshman senator gets an experienced advisor who warns him not to continue a heated feud with his state's senior salon, held over from his father. But later in a drunken jag, he blurts out secret evidence that can end the career of the older man.
The wealthy aunt of a recently orphaned boy insists that he dispose of his inelegant mongrel dog before he comes to live in her lavish apartment in New York City. The 13-year-old boy finds a magic lamp and discovers the magic words that set a wish-granting genie free.
In Wyoming in 1880, Luke McTrigger, the proprietor of the Olympia saloon and hotel, has been thinking hard and has finally come up with a sure-fire plan to win the hand of the widow Baines. Now the widow is nothing to look at, and some folks say she's a bull-headed old battle-axe, but she has an estimated fortune of $900.
A man who once played a hot trumpet in a band wants to break away from his successful law practice for a night and hear some good jazz. He and two other friends visit a nightclub and he manages to hit a "high" note of his own.
Yermo Red is a sadistic cop employed by a western railroad who delights in beating up hobos and finally kills one. The hobos want to avenge the dead man by killing Yermo. But one of them who hates violence prevails on them to try something else. He composes a song, "The Ballad of Yermo Red", which everybody up and down the railroad line begins singing.
In the Italian section of New York City, the talented Giulio Costello and Rose Pinato, spend the warm summer evenings on a park bench discussing Giulio's future. The young man is torn between love and the chance for a career in grand opera.
An eccentric hobbyist inadvertently gets the original draft of the Gettysburg Address at an auction. He decides to burn the paper to bring a focus of attention on the ideals it contains but agrees to wait until after a TV debate.
When a man thumbs a ride and gets into an argument with the driver, he receives a 90-day jail sentence, but to his surprise, he is offered a job as counterman in a diner near the jail while serving his term, according to the "open door" policy of the prison.
A group of settlers on their way to Oregon stop for the night on a Western prairie. As the Indians beat, tension in the small camp mounts, until finally the Indians themselves appear to demand justice.
In Michigan in 1930, Sister Aquinas has aroused an interest in science among her pupils; the school workroom, which she supervises contains every conceivable type of gadget and Sister Aquinas keeps abreast of the latest developments in various fields of science. She becomes intrigued with the airplane and goes to work in an aircraft factory in order to learn how planes are built.