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.
Teams from Chicago and New York compete at a skating competition in Chicago in Illinois. Boys and girls spill while skating on the track and are carried away by others.
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.
A mass meeting of workers in Chicago, Illinois. Interior of a building. A large crowd of workers seated inside a hall. The U.S. flag flying on a flag pole. A banner reads: 'Remember Pearl Harbor Be Alert'. Other banner reads: 'President Roosevelt Mayor Kelly We are Ready'. The workers pledge their services as air raid wardens.
A chemist wears an apron working at a laboratory in Chicago, Illinois. Bottles kept in front him. Labels on bottles read 'Salt', 'Coke', 'Limestone' and 'Poly Vinyl Chloride'. He mixes some of the chemicals and pours them in a test tube. Several articles of synthetic and plastic lie on a table. A girl dresses up. Model displays koroseal dress and hat.
Damage due to a gas explosion in Chicago, Illinois. Interior of a chemical laboratory. Shattered exterior walls of the building. Firemen, people and policemen remove the dead and injured from the building. Rubble on the ground. Wrecked vehicles and equipment.