A new steel plant is introduced at Gala ceremony in Ashland, Kentucky. A band plays musical instrument as it marches at a gala ceremony. Civilians stand behind a boundary of rope. Officials speak at dais. A man digs mud and shovel it. View of steel plant. Interior: Fuel is being burnt inside the combustion chamber. Molten material is being poured.
General George C. Marshall and JCC members gathered in investigating the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. General Marshall taking the oath and testifying before the Senators and Representatives. View of the committee members including the Chairman, Kentucky Senator Alben Barkley. The members of the meeting listen carefully to him. The press take notes of his address.
Bottles of beer on an assembly line at the end of Prohibition. Barrels of beer rolling down a ramp outside a brewery. A bartender and his patrons greet each other with raised mugs of beer. A bartender slides mugs of beer down the bar. Barrels of beer are rolled into the former West Highland State Bank on Ashland Ave at 79th Street, which was closed June 9, 1931 and has now been converted into a bar. A sign above the cash register reads, "This Bank gave 3% We give 3.2%" Sign outside the bar reads, "Ladies Entrance." Three women dressed in evening attire are greeted by the doorman as they enter the bar. From a 1958 newsreel recounting events 25 years prior.
In Chicago,Illinois, Jews protest against Adolf Hitler and the rise of militarism in Nazi Germany. Houses and buildings along the sides of the street. Large crowd marches and demonstrates against the Nazi party, Fascism, and Adolf Hitler. They carry signs and banners. An automobile with a large sign mounted on it, reading: "Join Jewish protest demonstration against Hitlerism, starts today at Roosevelt and Ashland".
Count Turf wins the Kentucky Derby in Kentucky, United States. A large crowd of fans arrives for the Kentucky Derby. A large numbers of cars parked in the parking lot. Newspapers grabbed from a stack. Kentucky Derby pins on display for sale. A woman pins flowers on the dress of another woman. People wear fancy glasses and sun glasses. As a man smiles, his diamond studded teeth sparkle. An old men reads a newspaper. Spectators watch the derby. Celebrities include the Duke and the Dutchess of Windsor, publicist Steve Hannigan with actress Anne Sheridan, and actress Greer Garson with Senator Anderson People stand in a queue to buy tickets at a ticket window to bet on the race. Horses in the race include 'Mameluke' , 'Counterpoint', 'Fan Fair', 'Sonic', 'Ruhe', 'Battle Morn', and 'Repetoire' Racing horses at the starting gate. The race starts. The spectators watch through binoculars. Count Turf, the son of Count Fleet and the grandson of Reigh Count both of which were derby winners, wins the Kentucky Derby. View of the score board. Count Turf stands in the winner's circle wearing a garland of flowers.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.