Grace Connors is facing a great load of family and business problems of which she thinks she won’t know how to handle. Like a touch of magic, an unexpected help returns to her after many years of absence. Enters in her life Day-O, an imaginary childhood friend who is back to help her cope with every possible obstacles but also causing some new problems, all in amusing situations.
Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players.
Hieronymus Merkin has recently turned forty, and is in the midst of preparing a movie that details his life’s history and development. Portraying himself as a marionette being controlled by an unseen puppet master, young Merkin is led away from the innocence of youth and into the waiting arms of one woman after another by Goodtime Eddie Filth. With Filth’s guidance, Merkin steadily transforms into a self-centered womanizer, save only for the longing he feels for his one lost love, Mercy Humppe. As the producers of his life story scream for him to come up with an ending, Merkin must look back and decide what, if anything, he’s learned from his experiences.
Leo and Loree are a young couple and aspiring actors trying to succeed in show business. Leo’s career is hampered by his attitude, and Loree’s career is helped by her mother – an Oscar-winning actress – who has opened doors for her. In spite of their feelings for each other, the ups and downs of the couple’s professional lives affect their relationship.
A young news reporter schemes to take over the job of a veteran news anchor whose ratings he’s been hired to promote.
After Mel Adler’s apartment burns down, his son, who harbors some ill will towards him, tries to put him in a retirement home. He’s also very hard on his son, Jody. He’s telling him which college he should go to. But when he decides to go where he wants, Mel decides to join him, and when he gets there, he clashes with some of the teachers and finds himself attracted to one of them. Eventually, he learns that he might flunk out so he tries to cram so he can pass.
A group of neighborhood teenagers discover some suspicious goings-on near a naval base in San Diego, and suspect that a foreign espionage ring is at work trying to find out military secrets.
Graduate student Harry Bailey was once one of the most visible undergraduate activists on campus, but now that he’s back studying for his master’s, he’s trying to fly right. Trouble is, the campus is exploding with various student movements, and Harry’s girlfriend, Jan, is caught up in most of them. As Harry gets closer to finishing his degree, he finds his iconoclastic attitude increasingly aligned with the students rather than the faculty.