Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
Excerpt from film about national elections in the United States.
Opening scene show a banner stretched across a downtown street, reading: "Vote Democratic, vote for full employment. Below that are pictured two local candidates and Franklin D. Roosevelt (running for an unprecedented 4th term as President). Underneath, the banner reads:"Conners for Congress.Glimpses of other political signs are shown, on telephone poles, buildings,and automobile windows. Citizens discuss the elections in various places: A man and woman in their living room; workers in a machine shop; men in a diner restaurant; a man and woman at home; a farmer and a delivery man; two housewives over a back fence; a dentist and his patient; school boys; and politicians. Representative Clare Booth Luce speaking. New York Governor, Thomas E. Dewey, at a podium. Vice Presidential candidate Harry Truman about to speak. People gathered in local forums and other political campaign activities. President Roosevelt driving along a city street, on a rainy day, in an open car with Secret Service agents riding on the running boards of his car. Crowds jamming the sidewalks in spite of the weather. Other gatherings of people waving American flags and showing support for their politcal parties and candidates.
Philip Murray, President of the CIO Labor Union and AFL Head, William Green. Radio broadcast antenna shown denoting importance of radio for political communications. Harry S. Truman (Democrat), Thomas E. Dewey (Republican) and incumbent President Roosevelt are seen delivering speeches in front of numerous microphones. Various views of people gathered around radios listening to campaign speeches, in various places,including American soldiers at the front (This election is during World War 2) and Nurses in a hospital. President Roosevelt speaking at a political dinner. Views of people at political party conventions. Next, people are seen calmly walking in and out of polling places. Three members of an election board begin counting votes. After checking, one member telephones the results from their precinct to headquarters. Views of recorded votes being reported by telephone. People using tabulating machines to compile the results. Views of spectators in vote posting centers awaiting the results. Final results being brought to news media for dissemination to the nation. People gathered in Times square, New York, where news is posted in moving lights on the Times building. Others gathered around their radios. Lights on the Times Building announce the reelection of President Roosevelt
A newsreel titled 'Black, white, and cool' shows models displaying white kid gloves,white suede kid sandals and white hand bags at the Saint Regis Hotel in New York City. A model displays her black summer dress. Another model shows a matching dress and parasol combination "to avoid freckles" according to narrator Vicki Vola. A mother and daughter in matching cotton plaid dresses.
On November 7, 1944, during World War 2, citizens of Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States, are seen entering the Old Town House (built in 1727) to cast ballots in 40th quadrennial presidential election (in which incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt is running for an unprecedented 3th term). Scene shifts to inside a polling place, where voters stand in booths to privately mark their ballots. Others are seen depositing their marked, folded paper ballots in a collection box, as they finish voting. Closeups of several aged voters. Scene shifts to a full-blooded Native American voter in Maryland, entering his polling place to cast a ballot. An old man sitting on a bench, with friends, holds a newspaper. He wears a Civil War Union cap. A U.S. soldier wearing field uniform and steel helmet, looks at a bulletin board containing State-by-State voting information. A Technical Sergeant marks his paper ballot and leaves to mail it. A soldier takes an oath confirming legitimacy of his ballot as he turns it in at a military collection site. Sign in commercial establishment window of a U.S. town declares "Election Today." A bank window sign reads: "this Bank will observe Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, a Legal Holiday." Sign in Bar window reads: "Bar Closed during Election Hours, Tuesday, Nov.7, 1944. Will Open at 9 PM." Republican political party workers advertise for their Presidential candidate, Thomas E. Dewey. Democratic political party workers drive a truck towing a trailer office plastered with advertisements for their candidate, Franklin Roosevelt. Republican and Democratic party voter information booths are seen next to one another where advertise their respective candidates to passersby on the sidewalk. A voting place identified by white wash sign on a window, and another, in a rural setting, by a sign pointing to it on a fence post. More signs and voters showing sentiments for their candidates. One displays a picture of Dewey on his car. A woman wears a large Roosevelt button on her sweater. Views of more imaginative signs for candidates and for ballot issues. People discussing ballot issues on the streets.
Telephone lines laid along the Florida coast in the United States. Equipment in view during the extending of telephone lines along the Florida coast. A crane beside the train station in the town of Jewfish, Florida in the upper Florida Keys. A board on the train station building reads 'Jew Fish'. The crane at work. Florida in later years: View of rolls of telephone cables outside a building. Men laying telephone cables from a roll kept on a wheel cart. A small wooden building with a board that reads 'The New Telephone Bldg., Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company'. Another small building with a few boards. One of the boards reads 'Keeping Face With Orlands'. A large concrete building with a path in the front. Trees along the side of the path.
On Election Day, November 7, 1944, in World War 2, Americans are seen waiting patiently to vote. They stand in a long line extending down a city sidewalk next to brick and stone buildings. Views of several persons in the line. Scene shifts in flashback to the election of Woodrow Wilson, in 1912. Four men on horseback arrive at a polling place. Another travels to vote, in his 1910 Ford Model T truck. Change of time and place shows farmer arriving by horse-drawn wagon and walking to polling place past 1930s car and truck. A fully laden truck stops at a rural gasoline station, temporarily serving as polling place. American town residential street scene in the 1930s. Citizens gathering to vote at a polling place set up at a laundry shop, in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Views of various places in the United States, serving as polling places. Americans seen waiting to vote at various places, in the 1944 national election. Among the sites shown is Bridgeport Central High School, built in 1916, (which later became Bridgeport City Hall), at 45 Lyon Terrace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Persons in various places, registering to vote, including actor Lewis Stone, actress Esther Williams, and USO entertainer, Bob Hope. Voter closing curtain behind him as he votes. Views of voters' feet, below curtains, as they vote. Various types of boxes. Newspaper headline speaks of the large voter turnout in millions during the 1944 election. Shipyard workers at end of their shift, are seen heading to the polls to vote.