Firing of a V-2 rocket from White Sands, New Mexico. An XP-84 jet aircraft on a test flight in California. Scenes of devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An atomic bomb test conducted in Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Large smoke cloud rises. Americans expressing disgust with war and confidence in ability to protect against it in future. Newspaper headline about Armistice ending World War I on November 11, 1918. Victory parade in New York City. Close up view of Adolf Hitler as he speaks forcefully to a German audience. V2 rocket being launched in Germany. German Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket plane in flight. Map depicting uranium deposits world wide. An XB-36 bomber in flight with landing gear extended. A huge formation of various warplanes in flight, high overhead. A wartime tank assembly plant. American army troops on parade. A United Nations meeting in session. Peaceful scenes of American soldiers in Hawaii before World War II in the Pacific. Hawaiian Hula dancers. Japanese carrier-based Aichi D3A1 dive bomber in flight during attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Bombed U.S. warships and facilities in Pearl Harbor. American Army officer and civilian discussing wisdom of maintaing large standing army. Army recruits are seen in the U.S. Army Universal Military Training Experimental Unit at Fort Knox, in 1947. They are seen in quarters, studying; taking part in sports (baseball); and attending religious services in a base chapel. Several trainees in a field tent, working with numerous tape decks in some kind of military communications activity.
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.
A film titled 'West of Waikiki' based on United States Marine Corps, Hawaii. A Marine at home talks with wife and son and shares his experience about peacetime duty overseas. Aloha Tower in Honolulu. Beach area in Hawaii shows boats in water. Palm trees on beach. Women make garlands on roadside. Cruiser at harbor in Hawaii. Hotels on Hawaii beaches. A Pacific Fleet Marine officer leaves headquarters and gets into a car. Vehicle registration plate reads 'US Marine Corps 120414'. Entrance to Pearl Harbor. Naval ship enters Pearl Harbor. Marines with their families disembark from a ship. Homes built for U.S. Marine Corps. Exteriors of a Navy Housing School with kids playing.
United States Marine Corps in Hawaii. Entrance of Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor. Marine drives a jeep out of yard. Jeep moves along a dirt road. Ocean in the background. Marines stand on edge of a cliff. View of surrounding area. A Marine on a beach area as he carries a camera. Marine photographs a woman on beachside. Marine enters University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Overhead sign reads 'Hawaii Hall'. Sign reads '2nd Semester Debate Tryouts'. Marine looks into a store window. Marine puts on causal cloths and leaves the store. Marine walks with a girl to beach area. Group of people have picnic at the beach. A couple runs towards water at beach.
United States Marine Air Group at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station, Hawaii. Sign reads 'Marine Air Group' at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Aircraft taxis on an airfield. Marines get off the aircraft. Blinkers operate. Man talks into a radio. Sign reads 'Marine Transport Squadron 352'. Aircraft taxis on an airfield. Aircraft in flight. Aircraft passes over Johnston Island on its way to Guam. Aerial view of Guam Island.
Senate Hearings,1947 in Washington DC. Officials and dignitaries seated for Senate Hearings, 1947. Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. is questioned. He testifies about profits made on war contracts by him before Senate War Investigating Committee. He says that he has not made any profits on war contracts. Views of Hughes and other dignitaries sitting during the hearings.