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.
Newsreel: "Put-in-Bay Ohio Dedicate great Perry Memorial! Giant shaft commemorates immortal victory in Battle of Lake Erie". Shows ceremonies for the tall monument that commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a great naval battle during the War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates enduring peace between the UK, Canada, and the United States after the war. The memorial is observed from distance. Whole height of the column is observed. Close view of Ohio Governor George White beside another civilian dignitary, with several U.S. Navy and U.S. Army military officers flanking and behind them. Official dedication is celebrated. Dignitaries are seen above the stairs. Governor George White giving a speech. The Doric column -- the world's largest at 352 feet -- was officially named in 1936 by President Franklin Roosevelt as: Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial National Monument.
Shows Canada's Olympic swimming team at Montreal, Quebec. The athletes perform somersaults from a high ramp into a pool. Spectators gather in large numbers around the pool and cheer for their team.
Lake freighters stuck in ice in Lachine,Quebec, Canada. The lake freighters are stuck in ice bound Lachine and Soulanges canals. A ship moves slowly over ice. Smoke comes out from chimneys. 'Canada Steamship Lines' written on the side of the ship. Men remove ice from a dock.
Various aquatic events at a fair in Canada. Harness racing event. A trotter during the race. A female swimmer smiles. Swimmers dive into water and swim. A motorboat underway in the water. Smoke rises. Motor bikers during a race.
American President Franklin D Rossevelt in car during his first official visit of a U.S. President to Canada in Quebec. Soldiers on horses escort Presidential cavalcade. President address gathering. Large crowd hears the President.