A convict who has just escaped from Alcatraz Prison takes over a passenger ship. Two of the ship’s crew hatch a plot to overpower him and rescue the ship’s passengers.
An ambitious girl who wants to be a cabaret star poses as “Zaza”, a French chanteuse, to get a job in a prestigious nightclub. Unfortunately, she finds herself in the middle of a dispute between Mike Kelly, the club’s Chicago-born owner, and a group of American gangsters bent on taking over the club. To put pressure on Kelly, the gangsters kidnap “Zaza”.
Arranging to leave her father J.C. Darlington behind, frisky teenager Jerry convinces Pete Graham, from her father’s New York office, to pilot the family yacht. They’re recently rich, but thoroughly spoiled, including Jerry’s mother, Uncle Ed and attractive older sister Virginia; however, a mishap strands them on an island where they’re held captive by a band of smugglers.
During a break before another grueling performance, precocious musical sensation Geraldine “Gerry” Revier meets Michael Grant, an apparent tramp on the run from the law. When Grant explains his plan to travel to California to clear his name, Gerry sees her chance to escape from her exploitative adoptive parents, Ed and Diane. After sneaking off, Grant finds that Gerry has accompanied him — with her dastardly parents in hot pursuit.
College football player is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother. He refuses, but they player is doped anyway and collapses and dies. A detective has the whole game re-enacted to find important clues.
When the boyfriend of a rich, bored socialite dies from a weak heart, she finds herself attracted to the doctor who treated him, a hard-working idealist decidedly different from the usual spoiled society rich kids she is used to.
Mr. J.G. Reeder is called in by the Bank of England to investigate a gang of forgers. Reeder enlists the aid of a younger man, Capt. Johnnie Gray, to infiltrate the gang by going undercover in Dartmoor jail.
A madman is so obsessed by the protruding eye of the old man with whom he lives that he plots to murder him.