Widowed Helen Lockwood has an independent income with which she makes it too easy for her son, John, to take his time finding his first post-college job.
Mrs. Lockwood contrives to have John miss an appointment about a job he wants, because it is 140 miles from home.
John gets the job anyhow, and Mrs. Lockwood feigns a heart attack but will not allow her son to call a doctor.
Mrs. Lockwood says she has a bad heart and John decides to quit work and stay with her. Grace walks out.
A showdown between Mrs. Lockwood and Grace brings understanding of both of them to John and the prospect of a better life for all three.
A young man investigates the mysterious disappearance of a former lodger in the house where he is a boarder.
Peter Wells rents a room from spinster Delia Benedict, against the advice of his girlfriend.
Jane's grandfather warns Peter that the neighbor's think Mrs. Benedict poisoned a previous lodger.
Peter becomes suspicious when Mrs. Benedict won't drink the lemonade she prepared for him.
Jane persuades Peter to leave, although he is determined to solve the mystery.
Peter collapses after eating Mrs. Benedict's birthday cake, which she had not tasted herself.
Embittered Steve Benton, victim of an automobile accident, is cheered when Nurse Linda Miles tells him someone cared enough about him to be a blood donor.
Linda makes up a name, Susan, when Steve insists on knowing who gave the blood, and Linda writes letters to him in "Susan's" name.
Steve becomes more interested in "Susan" than Linda had expected.
When Linda takes dictation of Steve's letter to "Susan," he recognizes her handwriting as that of Susan, and the hoax is revealed.
Steve's doctor, although in love with Linda himself, makes Steve realize he loves Linda and she loves him.
A loyal wife tries to clear her husband's name in a story of politics.
Livvie and Peter visit campaign headquarters but find that Neal has gone to a rally.
In Neal's absence, Livvie receives two visitors, Steve Haig, who has an unsavory reputation for making dubious deals, and a reporter who suspects Peter of dealing with Haig.
Livvie investigates to learn who is trying to frame her husband, and is shocked by what she learns.
Livvie proves the frame-up.
Jan Bryan becomes apprehensive when her husband, Mark, meets Toby, who possesses to an alarming degree, the very qualities of the heroine in Mark's best-selling novel.
Mark is attracted to Toby, as Jan feared.
Jan encounters Toby, then quarrels about her with Mark.
Jan takes the children to a summer cottage so that Mark will be alone to think things over and complete his next novel.
Singer-composer Jeanne Marlowe returns to her hometown for a benefit performance and picks up where she left off with an admirer.
Local singer Addy Wellman, while rehearsing Jeanne's song, notices the couple's interest.
Stephen and Jeanne decide they still are in love, but Jeanne realizes later that Addy loves Stephen too.
Stephen's sister Helen tells Jeanne of Addy's devotion to Stephen during the years Jeanne has been away.
Jeanne deliberately disillusions Stephen to make him realize he loves Addy.
A collection of rare old coins brings out the worst in everyone who touches them.
Connie shows up with the news that she has found more coins, learned they are valuable, and wants the ones David had found on her property.
Joan gives Connie the coins in David's absence but when he returns in time for a tussle in which Connie slips on a rug and is injured.
A policeman shoots and kills Lee as he attempts to break into David's apartment after the coins.
Connie recovers from the accident and puts the coins beyond the reach of everyone.
A father and daughter conspire to conceal their part in a tragic accident.
Laurel tells her father George's fall may have been caused by her pushing him away during a quarrel.
When Drake realizes that Laurel and David are in love, he plans to take her to Europe, so that David will not learn of her part in the accident.
Laurel objects to the proposed trip, and David accuses Drake of having been with George at the time of the accident.
Laurel tells David the whole story.
A secret formula is stolen.
Story of a freak accident and how it seriously affected the lives of a man and his wife.
Plumber Hal Lawrence takes a picture of her (Ellen) walking and uses it to attempt blackmail.
Ellen shoots him in panic, then claims self-defense in an attempted robbery.
Police prove Ellen can walk, while she counters their murder charge with a convincing story.
Police provide further evidence and arrest Ellen for murder.
Dec. 3 - The Tender Age
Neil Hamilton, Joy Hodges, and Sally Kemp.
An aging matinee idol courts a young actress.
Actress Frances Carr, who is Barry's age, advises against it, but Barry continues to keep up with Betsy's busy social schedule.
Betsy notices Barry's fatigue, and he redoubles his efforts to prove he can maintain the pace.
Frances tells Betsy that Barry has a son, and Betsy assumes he is a child.
Betsy calls on Barry and encounters his son, a young man.
Drama concerns a murder in a motel.
Elaine is found dead in Josh's room and her own room has been ransacked.
Motel guests Spaulding and Deel try to cast suspicion on Josh, who tells Sylvia what the dead Elaine's hold over him had been.
Sylvia finds stolen jewels and Deel, after ransacking Josh's room, threatens him with a gun.
The sheriff arrives, and as the suspects accuse each other, ferrets out the culprit.
An 11-year old girl shows resentment toward her father's remarriage.
A department store personal shopper takes Joan home when she becomes ill in the store.
Grateful Doug invites Meg to dinner despite Arlene's disapproval.
At Arlene's instructions, Meg sends gifts to father and daughter which reveal that Arlene reciprocates Joan's dislike.
Doug realizes that Meg is a much nicer person than Arlene.
A problems student seems likely to spoil the Christmas holidays for the teacher.
Larry is delighted with an industrial job offer at double his present salary.
Wilbur ruins the Christmas tree the class had bought jointly and Larry despairs of straightening out the boy.
Larry and his wife start spending the anticipated increase in income.
Larry gets a new slant on the cause of Wilbur's rebelliousness and decides to continue teaching after all.