The launching of USS Sims in Bath, Maine, United States. U.S. sailors aboard the ship. The American flag flutters from a pole on the bow of the ship. A board reads 'USS Sims (DD 409) Keel Laid'. U.S. sailors march with the American flag in hand. Mrs. William S. Sims stands with a bouquet in her hand. Men and women gathered during the launch. Governor Lewis O. Barrows present at the launch. USS Sims departs from the dock and moves into the Kennebec River. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H Hopkins, Ann Sims Hopkins and Mrs. William Sims who is the widow of U.S. Navy Admiral Sims, pose for a photograph.
A new J-Class yacht ready to go down the ways at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. On her stern are the words: "Ranger, Newport." (She will be the last J-Class yacht to defend the America's Cup in races.) Shipyard workers begin removing stays from the Ranger's hull. Owner, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, descends ladder from cockpit of the yacht. Vanderbilt's wife, Gertrude "Gertie" Vanderbilt, stands beside the new yacht, holding a bouquet of flowers. From below, she strikes a bottle of champagne on the bow of the Ranger, to christen her. The yacht Ranger goes quickly down the ways into the water. Using a derrick, shipyard workers lower the Ranger's 154 foot mast into place, as Harold Vanderbilt watches.
People undertaking measures to beat the heat in the United States during the 1937 heat wave. People gather in a large number near the swimming pools. Children dive in the water and swim. Fountains erected in city streets where children gather to play. People pass through the street as water being sprinkled with the help of fountains. A female secretary wearing a bathing suit sits at a desk and takes dictation from a man. Inventor Horatio Casterbilt (or Casterbuilt) shows and wears a hat with a fan motor attached to it to keep his head cool. From a August 1962 newsreel depicting events 25 years earlier.
An Army Day Parade held in Bath, Maine. People march with a banner that reads 'The way to disarm is to disarm'. People march holding placards demanding complete disarmament. A placard reads ' Thou shalt not kill'. A banner reads ' No more war'. Women near an artillery piece.
An Army Day Parade held in Bath, Maine. People march holding placards demanding complete disarmament. The people protest against war taxes and pledge their support to Gandhi.
Opening scene shows U.S. President Ronald Reagan holding a little girl, and then standing with officials and Secret Service agents, as he prepares to enter a car. Closeup of him smiling. Closeup of President Reagan signing his autograph for spectators in a crowd. Next, Reagan and his wife Nancy are seen on November 4, 1980 waving to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel, celebrating his election victory as the 40th U.S. President. The President elect says a few words of thanks to them. Views of the crowd cheering. Adopted son, Michael Reagan holds his son Cameron as he and his wife, Colleen Reagan, join Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the stage, followed by daughter Patricia Reagan and son Ron Reagan. The crowd cheers the President elect and his family. At this point the film begins showing images about Ronald Regan's life, starting with baby pictures; his parents; Tampico, Illinois, where he was born; Dixon, where he is seen in a school picture and with boyhood friends. A photograph of "Dutch" Reagan President of his High School Class. Reagan in photo with other members of the Eureka College football team, in Eureka, Illinois. The seal of the college. Pictures of Reagan with college classmates and teammates. Reagan posing in bathing suit when he was swimming team coach. Young Reagan, after graduation, as a sports announcer, sitting at a microphone labeled: "WHO" in Davenport, Iowa. The broadcasting tower of that radio station. A Track and field event taking place. Reagan posing with a pipe in his mouth, at the WHO radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. A baseball game in progress before a full stadium of spectators. In 1937, a Chicago baseball team is seen boarding a ship to a Spring training camp in California. (Narrator states Reagan accompanied them.) Aerial view of buildings at the First National Studios (home of Warner Brothers) in Hollywood. Ronald and Nancy Reagan, circa 1952, being applauded at a gathering when he was President of the Screen Actors Guild. Views of Reagan in U.S. Army uniform. A U.S. Army C-47 aircraft taking off from a field under attack, with fires burning and smoke rising (possibly during Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on installations in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). U.S. Airmen standing on a ramp next to a Douglas C-47B-1-DL transport aircraft (tail number: 43-16145). What appears to be a ViP version of a B-50 aircraft parked on a ramp with an honor guard at the stairway. Ronald Reagan, in uniform, signing up for active duty. Later, Captain Reagan, U.S. Army Air Forces, is seen with other uniformed men at a gathering in Warner Brothers studios. The entrance of Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood. A large group of studio employees walking between buildings. Reagan speaking, as President, of the Screen Actors Guild, at an outdoor gathering. Actor Robert Young and film industry executives stand nearby. Reagan, as Chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council, addresses a dinner gathering of that organization. He is also seen testifying before he House Committee on Un-American activities Committee (HUAC) on October 23, 1947.