Newsreel clip on game 3 of the 1935 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Famed baseball announcer Graham McNamee seen sitting at microphone, recreating some of his broadcast. Cubs outfielder Frank Demaree (#6) hits home run in the third inning. Cubs' Augie Galan gets hit in fifth inning to drive in Billy Jurges. Galan slides into second when throw goes to home. In sixth inning, the Tigers' Pete Fox hits a triple to drive in Goose Goslin. In eighth inning, Tigers Goslin and Billy Rogell get hits to drive in three runs and tie the game. McNamee does voice-overs for all the plays, with loud crowd noise in background. When game ends, police stand at the edges of the infield to prevent spectators from walking across it. McNamee announces the final score of 6-5 Tigers, in 11 innings.
U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt warns of an increasing danger of armed conflict. Roosevelt's motorcade on the streets of Chicago. A large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the President. Confetti rained on the motorcade. Soldiers salute as the motorcade passes by. Policemen on motorbikes lead the motorcade. People gathered at the venue to hear the President's speech. A board advertises candy bars 'Baby Ruth, Butterfinger" in the background. President Roosevelt with officials on stage. He addresses the crowd. Excerpts from his speech are interspersed with scenes of war and conflict elsewhere in the world during the late 1930's. Roosevelt talks about peace, unjustified interference into affairs of other nations, aerial bombings, naval attacks, and war. Scenes of war carnage during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936: Ethiopian soldiers on horseback cross a bridge, Italian forces fire artillery from a hill, aerial view as aircraft drop bombs. Italian soldiers pass a burning, smoldering building and overtake an Ethiopian position, with many Ethiopian soldiers lying dead. Ethiopian citizens in area of a war torn village. Bomb damage and war casualties on the street. Italian soldiers collect dead bodies and load them onto a truck. A ship quickly sinking after attack by a submarine. Scenes from battle during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 or 1937. Spanish nationalist and rebel soldiers engage in a battle in a village. Spanish prisoners are marched. Nationalist soldier fires machine gun from a balcony emplacement. Dead body on a road. Soldiers behind a barricade fire at opposition and carry wounded on stretchers. President Roosevelt concludes his speech with, "America hates war. America hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace." People applaud.
A typical American family gathered around their radio, at home. This is the Springer family in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. George N. Springer and Bernadette Wiley Springer are seated on chairs with their children, George and Arthur, as they listen to their large wooden console radio. George tunes the radio. A close up of Bernadette with her child, Arthur. (This was filmed in their home on 79th Street in Chicago. George worked for the Daily News in that city.)
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
Railroad cars on tracks in Chicago, Illinois. A number of different fast moving rail road cars move on tracks side by side. The cars underway on the tracks as smoke rises. Wheels of the rail road cars as they move ahead.
New bar gadgets being exhibited by models in 1930s fashions, in Chicago, Illinois. The gadgets being exhibited by models in designer costumes. Two women seated on chairs. A woman arrives and serves them cocktails from a unique cylinder bar cabinet. They sample snacks from a cocktail platter. They drink from small shot glasses. Two models put on heavy mitts on their hands and then shake cocktails in large shakers. One model is wearing an enormous bowtie. Three women seated on floor enjoy beer from a small keg. One model pours them beer and they toast and drink the beer. Models sip wine wearing unusual cocktail dresses.