Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Responsibilities and assets of NATO's SACLANT. View from cockpit of aircraft landing on deck of U.S. aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CVA-20). Scenes of Atlantic ocean. Periscope of submarine breaks surface. View through periscope. American convoy underway during WWII in the Atlantic Ocean. Enemy submarine launches torpedo. Ships being struck by torpedoes. Underwater view of submarine. A torpedoed ship sinking. Views of empty Nazi submarine pens. A Douglas DC-4 passenger airplane passes by the Empire State building, while in flight over Manhattan Island, New York City. Steamships in terminals on the Hudson River. Tug boats and barges in New York harbor. Ocean-going cargo ships pass by the Statue of Liberty. Vehicular traffic in the streets of Norfolk, Virginia. A sign reads 'US Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia'. View of ships and harbor at Norfolk Naval Station. Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT). NATO officers in the "great map room of SACLANT" at the Headquarters. World map placed on a wall. Scene from 1952: U.S. Navy Captain briefs Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and also SACLANT. Map shows areas of SACLANT responsibility extending around the Atlantic from Southern Europe around past Iceland to the maritime provinces of Canada and down to the U.S. coast.. Surfaced submarine launches Regulus missile. Scene from 1960: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway. Aircraft parked aboard the aircraft carrier. View of Naval Air Base at Oceana, Virginia. Douglas F4D flies above runway as another lands. Navy F8 aircraft parked on ramp. Canadian Naval Base at Halifax, Nova Scotia, with views of derricks, cranes, piers, and warships.
Hotels and boardwalk of Atlantic City. Men, women and children walk (or "promenade") on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey in front of the Ritz Hotel. The Hotel Traymore is also seen in the background. Many tourists are seated in 3-wheeled small vehicles or Rolling Chairs to take a tour of the boardwalk and city, each vehicle pushed by a man on foot. The tourists are well dressed in early 1900's fashions. Large billboard high in the background reads "Fatima". Groups of women walk arm-in-arm. Boys take interest in the camera and play near by. Store front sign for Adams Baths among the shops in the background, located on the Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue.
'The Big Picture' depicts the life of General Douglas MacArthur. Sergeant Stuart Queen introduces the program about General Douglas MacArthur. General MacArthur delivers a speech at a Joint meeting of Congress as he closes his 52 years of service. General MacArthur with his father Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. A childhood picture of General Douglas. Picture of General Douglas with American Olympic team. The Philippine Campaign under Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. View of Mount Fuji, in Japan, and sketch of Japan neighborhood. World War I footage with with rows of tents. View of World War 1 soldiers digging trenches. The soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army commonly known as the Rainbow Division exercise in front of Major Douglas MacArthur before departing for France. The soldiers march. A troop ship carrying the 42nd Division underway across the Atlantic and disembarking in France. Colonel Macarthur comes down a flight of stairs and studies a map with two persons. Brief scene of railway guns being fired by U.S. 73rd Artillery Regiment, Haussimont, France. U.S. troops in combat in trenches at the front in World War I. U.S. Artillerymen firing 155mm howitzer. General Pershing, Commander American Expeditionary Forces, decorates Colonel MacArthur. The exterior of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where General Douglas was a superintendent. The cadets in the academy. The cadets stand up to honor General Douglas MacArthur.
A storm at sea. Huge waves rising in the sea. Two men hold fast to the rails of a large steamship and watch the waves. One gets wet as a wave splashes above deck. Views of heavy seas and threatening skies.
A film on the development of air power in the United States. Scenes depicting travel by ocean going ships, preceding air travel. Animation of a small ship moving away from the east coast of the U.S. Actual footage of a large sailing vessel of the early clipper ship variety sailing in the ocean. Animation of a small ship sailing to the Great Britain. Real footage of a four-stack ocean liner, which appears to be the RMS Mauretania (1906 edition), sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. Animated map of the Atlantic Ocean and the coasts of the U.S. and England. An R-34 dirigible airship in flight. The R-34 moored to the ground with a large craft around the gondola. A British Bristol fighter aircraft in flight. Animation of the maps of the U.S. and the Great Britain coming closer together, figuratively, through the speed of air travel.