Highly-decorated veteran, Cornelius 'Neil' Daggett (Jack Warden), has deteriorated from hero to alcoholic bum since the end of the war, having alienated his wife and family. He desperately wants to again become a hero to them, but his efforts turn into tragedy.
A mentally-disturbed young painter (William Shatner) confesses to murdering his wife, who was found on the floor of his studio. But the detectives seek to establish, with the help of the painter's psychiatrist, the full set of details that the painter cannot seem to recollect, which could prove either his guilt or innocence.
A middle-aged neighborhood doctor faces a moral dilemma after a young man, Joey (Peter Fonda), who is like a son to her, and his friend Phillip (Martin Sheen) break into a fire-damaged haberdashery, and Phillip gets shot and wounded.
A widowed gangster is being challenged for custody of his son by his sister in-law. To show the court that he is a positive influence the gangster needs to convince his son's teacher to change a failing grade to an "A". The teacher is stubborn and the gangster offers the tempting bribe of a chorus girl.
Two newlyweds from Arkansas, honeymoon in New York City. Their happy time is interrupted by the husband's continual penchant for murder and robbery as a means of getting what he wants for himself and his bride.
A psychologically-troubled moving company owner (Jack Klugman) discovers some troubling truths about his family after a young girl is injured by a hit-and-run truck driver who was really targeting him.
A middle aged hired killer,who committed his first murder for pay at age 14,is hunted both by organized crime which has put out a contract on his life and the police.Needing a bankroll for leaving the country,the killer hires an "arm".The expert craps player he has chosen to win him money is as unpredictable as the roll of the dice.
A man recently released from prison comes to NYC to get his friend to join him in running a farm. He is warned that his "partner" is bad news by Flint and Arcaro. The friend is not interested in leaving NYC and is heavily involved in the rackets-including murder. The man tragically tries to help his friend.
A Broadway agent dies in an actress' apartment and the detectives must discern who among those present is telling the truth: the actress, the married actor with whom she is having an affair, or the actor's chauffeur.
A renowned sculptor "immortalizing a moment in time" of a reviled European dictator is warned to stop working on the project. The men warning him, formerly supporters of the dictator but presently seeking his overthrow, are violent. The sculptor refuses to cease working as to him Art is not involved in politics.
A man wanted by the police for robbery and murder is trapped in a tenement neighborhood.He crosses from building to building via rooftops and eventually hides in a water tank enclosure.The "king" of the neighborhood,a young fatherless boy,may or may not help him to escape from the police dragnet.
A chemistry professor develops mental confusion symptoms after being exposed to a dangerous chemical spill, and the detectives race against the clock to find him before his condition deteriorates fatally.
Chauffeur snuffs his employer with roses, by forcing them in her face as the allergic dowager lies ill. Her agoraphobic daughter is ecstatic that now she'll never have to leave the mansion she loves, but torn over losing her harsh mother. Lt. Parker, a family friend, comforts the young heiress, but she immediately finds more succor in the arms of Harry, the handsome devil in the driver's seat. Flint pushes an objective view of the case on Lt. Parker.
Pro football star shot by younger woman when he opens his hotel room door. The press assumes Elvin "Colossus of" Rhodes was cheating on his wife, but Rhodes insists he doesn't even know the quiet, plain waitress. The paper trail fits the woman's claim they were lovers - separate hotel rooms as the player was on the road, gift receipts etc. check out, as Rhodes' life unravels.
A teenage girl is teased and handled a little roughly by four prankish teenage boys at a movie theater. The girl's father downplays the incident when the NYPD investigates. The father, a WWII combat veteran, has a plan to "save his daughter from any public embarrassment". He will hunt the boys down and mete out justice.
Former contender Johnny Meigs, eking out a living after a brain injury, pleads to go back in the ring, to get money to send his unknowing wife Kathy to compete in a floral show in Baltimore. Crooked boxing manager Gus Slate lines up an elderly, alcoholic physician to give Meigs a passing physical.
To remain straight, an ex-con informs on the would-be robbers of a bar where he works, instead of helping the stickup men, his former pals. But the hoods' connection to Link Toland, a seemingly respectable businessman with serious political juice, cranks the heat way up on the young informant, his family, the investigating detectives, and even the tavern owner.
An old, but vibrant, man is shuffled off to an "Elderly Citizen's" home by his wealthy son. Both to get his son's attention and amuse himself, the man begins to make threatening crank telephone calls. A fellow resident, a retired cop, overhears him doing this and begins to blackmail his "friend".
An almost-blind young man roams the streets of New York after separating from his class, while his teacher (Diahann Carroll) attempts to convince his parents that the boy can learn to ably use his limited sight and not become completely blind.
Dishwasher carved to death, while Adam & Libby slurp wine in a French bistro. The restaurateur accused the kitchen helper of amouring his wife, so Lt. Parker targets him, not knowing the Frenchwoman totally entrances the mysterious real killer. Libby's acting career bellies out faster than a soufflé, so she presses Adam to romp off to Paris together, instead of him pursuing other murder suspects.
Construction workers unearth the skeleton of a 14-year old boy, dead and buried for about 25 years. The only clue to his identity -- and fate -- is a cigarette lighter with the monogram JLY. Learning of this from the morning paper, perpetual ne'er-do-well Sam Langan recognizes both the dead boy and a chance to advance himself.
Two Las Vegas showgirls travel to New York for the purpose of abducting a married psychiatrist with whom one of the women had an affair. The apparent motivation is to force the man to leave his wife for the Las Vegas dancer.