Lakefront view of Chicago skyline. Paved roads and garden in the foreground. Crowds of pedestrians on Chicago street. Cattle being herded in Chicago stock yards. Visitor on bridge looks at Tribune Tower. View from car driving along city street. Cars parked "bumper to bumper" on street, under sign reading: 'No parking at any time'. Store front signs read: 'International Barber College' and 'Premier Laundry'. Nighttime street scenes with neon signs for Jim Saine's Restaurant and for Tradewinds Restaurant and Lounge. Visitor dancing with a woman in a dance club or dance hall. A man tries to "cut in." Traffic on South Michigan Avenue with many vintage 1940s and 1950s cars and automobiles. Visitor interrupts two men talking on the sidewalk, and offends them so they walk away. The Visitor rows a boat, alone, in a lake.
Chronicles a young obstetrician's training in slum areas of Chicago, Illinois, where he is part of a Chicago area maternity center. Doctor O'Donnell along with nurse walks in slum area of Chicago. Slum area buildings during the Great Depression. Woman collects necessary things from garbage and drags it in a small cart on road. A woman with a small child in a wagon rummages for usable refuse. Men, women, and children scavenging for food and household items on the streets of Chicago and outside factories and plants. Doctor O'Donnell converses with a man.
Film 'The Fight for Life' dramatizes experience of a physician in obstetric practice at a Chicago hospital. View of engraved stone reading: City Hospital, 1932, over archway, at entrance to a Chicago hospital. Medical staff walk in hallway. A nurse enters maternity center where doctors stand beside a woman in labor on a table.The principal doctor monitors the fetus heartbeat. The mother becomes stressed and the anesthesiolgist helps her. Physician places newborn infant on cart and nurse rolls it away. View of baby. Nurse and doctors attending the mother express alarm over her blood pressure.They administer oxygen and several doses of medicine by hypodermic. But the patient dies. One of the attending physicians (Dr. O'Donnell) is clearly moved by the event, and seems deep in thought as he leaves the hospital, not even noticing the receptionist who bids him good evening as he passes her.
Some 1940 U.S. football highlights. Scenes of a long touchdown run and an interception and touchdown run from the 1940 National Football League Championship Game that the Chicago Bears won 73-0, on December 8, 1940. Scenes from the Dartmouth-Cornell "Fifth-Down" game of November 16, 1940, with Cornell quarterback "Pop" Scholl throwing a "winning" touchdown pass to William Murphy.
Buildings, bridges and monuments of historical importance in Chicago, Illinois. View of bridges over the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. In the Wacker historic district, close-up view of the Heald Square Monument featuring George Washington, Robert Morris, and Haym Salomon. Lion sculpture and entrance area of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tourists viewing displays and artwork inside the Art Institute. Exterior view of the Museum of Science and Industry. People entering the museum. A woman with her woman in a stroller or pram, drags the stroller backwards up the steps of the museum.
Chronicles a young doctor's training in obstetrics at a Chicago maternity center. During the Great Depression in Chicago, a cat scavenges on garbage lying outside building. Dr O'Donnell assists in preparation for and delivery of a baby in Chicago slum area home. Doctor cleans woman's head with water. Another doctor writes in a note book. He lifts bed cover from baby's head and checks woman's temperature. The baby cot is placed next to mother on bed. Man arrives with two children in the room. Doctor O'Donnell along with nurse walks on street. View of poor, indigent children eating food around a table. A mother bathing a child in a wash basin. Child removes clothes and climbs into bed. Views of sleeping young children, one with a fly and other insects disturbing his sleep. Man loading a truck with boxes in a nearby alley.