August 21, 1953, Rome Airport. Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran departing Rome to return to Iran. He boards a KLM Lockheed Constellation aircraft for the first leg of his journey, to Baghdad, Iraq. The Shah boards the plane and waves goodbye. Italian police in white uniforms and white pith helmets control sightseers. The plane taxis and takes off. Isolated view of Lockheed Constellation aircraft being refueled over the wing.
Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi returns back to Iran as coup ousts Mohammad Mossadegh. General Fazlollah Zahedi leads the coup. A popular uprising removes the ailing Premier. House of Mossadegh in shambles. His car wrecked.
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi descends stairs in a garden, with officials, in Rome, Italy. He walks a reception line and is then surrounded by reporters. He answers questions while being interviewed. He samples refreshments from a waiter. Later, at night, the Shah is seen surrounded, again, by reporters. He reads from several publications. A newspaper named 'American'. Headline reads: "Mossadegh Flees Iran Riots. Shah Prepares Flight Home." The story is carried in other foreign language publications. Views of Hotel Excelsior, in Rome, as Shah prepares to return to Iran.
Mobs moving through the streets of Tehran, Iran, in trucks and on foot. Iranian military applauding. The house of Iranian Premier Mosaddegh seen after being ransacked by mobs. Civilian and military officials examine the damage and destruction, including destroyed vehicle in courtyard. Armed soldiers patrol through the building. Two soldiers pose with weapons pointed. A group of civilian officials comes out of the building and is met on the steps by a religious cleric, who smiles. Iranian Army General, Mohammad Fazlollah Zahedi, is seen with other military officers gathered in a building. He leaves the gathering and descends steps to a waiting car, past a saluting honor guard. He enters the car and is driven with heavily armed escort, past an airfield to a wooden gated facility with iconic pictures displayed on the gate and a flag flying above.
Russian troops leave Iran and street riots in Iran. Russian troops leave Iran in 1945. People walk carrying bouquets. A Russian officer gets into a jeep. People of Iran look at the departure of the Russian troops from the balcony of their buildings. People stand on both sides of a road. Russian Army vehicles move past. Later scenes show street riots in Iran in 1950. People ride horses during the riots.
Segment from the United Nations Security Council meeting at Hunter College, New York City, United States, on March 27, 1946. At the time, the Soviet Union, with its troops in Iran, and with interest in the governance and autonomy of Azerbaijan, was pushing to postpone discussion of the appeal by Iran that the action of the Soviet Army in Iran was a threat to international peace and security. American statesman James F. Byrnes, Edward R. Stettinius, Soviet diplomat Andrei Gromyko and representatives of the UN Security Council member countries are seen entering the conference room at Hunter College, New York City. The dignitaries seated at a table. Delegates and spectators present. Gromyko, the Soviet representative to the United Nations, speaks in Russian. Other delegates listen, seated behind. A delegate from China speaks. Several delegates raise their hands with questions. U.S. representative James Byrnes demands that the Iranians be given a chance to be heard. The Soviet delegation stands and exits the talks abruptly. Iranian delegate Hossein Ala', Iran's Ambassador to the United States approaches the table and is seated. The delegates listen as Mr. Hossein Ala addresses the council. Mr. Ala urges the council to take action, saying, "Iran views with grave concern any delay in the consideration by the council of the merits of these disputes. For these reasons, on behalf of my government, I request the council to take up these matters at once and reach, without reference to further negotiations, a solution consistent with the principles of the charter."