Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.
The Argentineans participate in an anti-dictator parade in Argentina. A huge crowd parades in a public square. They carry banners. People wave and throw confetti from windows and balconies.
Six B-17 Flying Fortresses in flight from Washington,DC, United States to Buenos Aires, Argentina. One is seen above snow-capped mountain. The American goodwill squadron brings a message of peace from the U.S. President. They are feted by the Argentines. A parade with Argentine soldiers on motorbikes and the U.S. B-17s flying overhead. Honor guard of Argentine soldiers stand on the street, as U.S. Ambassador and American and Argentine dignitaries ride in an open carriage. Scene shifts to the return of the B-17s as they are greeted on Langley Air Field, Virginia.
Debate about admission of Argentina during San Francisco Conference working toward United Nations Charter. Disabled and injured United States war veterans from World War 2 combat (mostly Navy in this image) enter the Veterans Memorial Opera House (War Memorial Opera House). View of interior of hall. Ezequiel Padilla, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico, addressing the gathering. Russian Foreign Commissar Molotov and an interpreter speaking, followed by secretary of States Edward Stettinius. Agenda of meeting is whether or not Argentina be invited for UN Security Conference. Chairman Anthony Eden calls for vote, Argentina is invited by a vote of 31 to 4. View of a parked Eastern Airlines silver liner parked at airfield in Washington DC, and new Ambassador Oscar Ibarra Garcia from Argentina emerges and is greeted by South American and United States officials.
A person comes out of a U.S. aircraft and is received by authorities.
President of Argentina Juan Peron is forced to resign in Argentina. Street riots in a city in Argentina. Army troops move and board onto army truck. Smoke rising. A damaged building. Army trucks drive on the road. President Juan Peron is forced to resign after months of seething brought about by economic upheaval and persecution of the church. The President resigns before the cabinet.