• Morris Bober, a struggling Jewish owner of a grocery store, is introduced.
• Ida, Morris' wife, nags him about smoking and the business.
• Julius Karp visits Morris, telling him of potential new competitors and the danger of 'holdupniks.'
• Morris is the victim of a hold-up, and is pistol-whipped.
• Morris is confined to bed due to his injuries from the hold-up.
• Frank Alpine visits Morris, offering to work for him in exchange for experience.
• Helen has an unsatisfactory date with Louis Karp.
• Morris collapses and Frank takes over for him at the grocery store.
• Frank performs well at the grocery store and business seems to improve.
• Frank begins to steal food, then money, from the store.
• Frank's role as an accomplice in the hold-up is revealed.
• Frank notices Helen and spies on her.
• Frank talks to Helen, telling her of his plans to go to...
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