Establishment of an agricultural colony under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, in the United States during the Great Depression. In Arkansas Colony No 1 homes for farmers under construction. A woman outside her home with her young children. Dynamite explosion to make roads and bridges. Horses drag leveling equipment and road graders. Workers selected for relief roles, work for construction. A river bridge under construction. A dirt road is constructed. Large pieces of wooden logs cut by workers at a sawmill. Wooden plates stacked and ready for use in construction of houses and infrastructure. Planing mill and other machinery under operation. After work hours, workers gather around a boxing ring to watch a match. Workers cut a tree with hack saws. Land cleared to build houses. Workers lay wooden plates and raise the house structure on scaffolds. A house constructed up to completion. Men and children walk in a farmland.
Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."
A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the conclusion of his nomination acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia at the Convention Hall, during the 1936 Presidential campaign. Band playing in the background. Posters of President Roosevelt and Vice President Garner on the stage. Roosevelt speaking with Democratic Senate leader Joseph Robinson of Arkansas, after the speech. Roosevelt also conferring with his running mate, Vice-President John N. Garner. The microphones are still on, so the conversation of Roosevelt and those around him can be heard slightly. Also seen is California Senator William Gibbs McAdoo speaking with Roosevelt. The future President wipes his brow with his handkerchief. He turns to his left and says to Missouri Senator James A. Reed, "Jim, get the band to play Auld Lang Syne again" which the band does. Views of the men and women delegates in the convention hall, waving their various state signs.
Two soldiers exit from the doors of Headquarters of United States Army Military District Arkansas. Cars are parked in front of the headquarters. Two soldiers enter through the doors of Headquarters. A Sergeant exits from Headquarters and boards National Guards coupe parked outside the headquarters. 'Arkansas Army National Guards' is stenciled on the rear of the car.
American civilians prepare for an Air Raid drill in Arkansas, United States. Board on the door reads 'Homer M Adkins Governor'. The Governor in his speech talks about the war situation and possibility of Japanese air attack. Governor Adkins gives a message to cooperate with the government and help out during the war situation. He states that the city must be ready for any kind of emergency.