The creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission would soon render anachronistic such crime melodramas as One Way Ticket. Upon discovering that a prominent banker has absconded with his customers’ funds, Jerry, one of the unlucky depositors, reacts by turning thief. He steals exactly the amount that he’d deposited, whereupon the cops close in and arrest him. Still feeling that he was merely getting back what was due him, Jerry bitterly stews in a jail cell until he’s swept up in a prison breakout. The other escapees are killed, but Jerry manages to get away, though from this moment forward he’s forced to live the toad-like life of a fugitive.
The rich Haller family have lost nearly all their money after investing in the stock market. They need more money, but from where? They have a young house-maid, Sara, who inherits a fortune from a rich uncle in Australia. Sara is in love with the son in the family, Georg Haller, but he won’t marry for money. She has to spend all her money if she will ever marry him…
Spendthrift gives the modern viewer a pretty good idea how Hollywood planned to “mold” the image of new star Henry Fonda. The Lanky One is cast as a profligate, polo-playing playboy, married to a beautiful but superficial heiress (Mary Brian). They divorce, and the wife gets all the money. But the humbled (and impoverished) Fonda finds true love in the arms of Pat Paterson, who cares nothing for material things.
John Joseph Madden, a T-Man special agent goes undercover to rescue a kidnapped Treasury Department engraver from a counterfeiting gang led by Capper Stevens. He also has time to get involved with sisters Aimee and Verna Maxwell.
A young dress designer marries an insurance agent. They soon have a daughter, but what the wife doesn’t know is that her husband is actually a criminal, who soon involves her–unwittingly–in a robbery. Sentenced to prison, she gives up her baby for adoption. When she is released 15 years later, she sets out to find her long-lost daughter. A police inspector gets involved in her search and, for reasons of his own, tries to dissuade her from finding her child.
Rick Morgan, an American involved in the bootlegging trade, is forced to relocate to Britain where he becomes one of the top cat burglars in London. One night while breaking into a house he runs into the daughter of its occupant Glory Fane and they soon fall in love. However, one of Morgan’s old associates from the United States, now masquerading as a respectable member of British society, threatens to wreck his chances of going straight and finding happiness with Glory.
On a cruise to Cuba, Lulu Smith falls in love with Bob Grover. Back home, she breaks off the romance when he tells her he is married. Lulu has a baby, but doesn’t tell Bob, who turns out to be a rising politician. She passes herself off as the baby’s nanny. When Bob learns what is going on, he adopts the little girl, not telling his wife or anyone else where she came from. Lulu gets a job at a newspaper. Things get complicated when the editor gets the dirt on Grover, but also wants to marry Lulu.
In this off-beat sci-fi film, an outspoken diplomat is murdered during an international trade conference. This is a terrible blow for his native country because the ambassador had come to stop his country from signing a treaty that would allow their enemy to exploit them. To prevent this from happening, a helpful scientist offers to temporarily revive the diplomat–the catch is that the ambassador can only remain resuscitated for six hours.