'The Big Picture' depicts the life of General Douglas MacArthur. Sergeant Stuart Queen introduces the program about General Douglas MacArthur. General MacArthur delivers a speech at a Joint meeting of Congress as he closes his 52 years of service. General MacArthur with his father Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. A childhood picture of General Douglas. Picture of General Douglas with American Olympic team. The Philippine Campaign under Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. View of Mount Fuji, in Japan, and sketch of Japan neighborhood. World War I footage with with rows of tents. View of World War 1 soldiers digging trenches. The soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army commonly known as the Rainbow Division exercise in front of Major Douglas MacArthur before departing for France. The soldiers march. A troop ship carrying the 42nd Division underway across the Atlantic and disembarking in France. Colonel Macarthur comes down a flight of stairs and studies a map with two persons. Brief scene of railway guns being fired by U.S. 73rd Artillery Regiment, Haussimont, France. U.S. troops in combat in trenches at the front in World War I. U.S. Artillerymen firing 155mm howitzer. General Pershing, Commander American Expeditionary Forces, decorates Colonel MacArthur. The exterior of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where General Douglas was a superintendent. The cadets in the academy. The cadets stand up to honor General Douglas MacArthur.
Panoramic views of Japanese cities before World War II. A Japanese boy at home. A volcanic eruption is shown in progress. Japanese firefighters on a ridge survey a massive wildfire burning forest area. Damage after earthquakes and floods. View of a flooded Japanese town. 33rd Prime Minister of Japan, Senjuro Hayashi, exits a car and is surrounded by other officials. A crowd assembled on the street. Japanese modern buildings seen across water view in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The exteriors of several downtown buildings in Tokyo before World War II.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Oil production of the United States is compared with that of other countries. Relative production in 1900 is shown. A political map of the United States. A dot in some states represents 1 % of the world's production whereas a cross in other states represents less than 1 % of the world production. A map shows Russia, Germany, Italy, Galicia, Roumania and other neighboring countries. A box on the map shows Japan with a cross. Another map shows India, Tibet, Afghanistan and their neighboring countries. Still another map shows countries of South America. Evolution of internal combustion engines, whereby gasoline is used, is shown using diagrams.
View of a book entitled "Builders of Hawaii." A hand opens it to several different places, revealing photos of persons who played roles in the early development of Hawaii. Also revealed are pages from the newspaper "Commercial Advertiser" reporting that flags changed as "Hawaii becomes the first outpost of Greater America" and "Old Glory is the new flag of the Hawaiian Islands." (This refers to the establishment of the Territory of Hawaii, under the U.S. Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900.) A portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole is shown. (He was the President of the Republic of Hawaii, 1894-1900, and its first Territorial Governor, 1900-1903.) Views of the Hawaiian State Archives Building, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A plaque honoring Captain James Cook. Views of visitors inside an exhibit that includes a reproduction of an early Hawaiian cottage.
Japaneses steam ships cruise in sea towards the harbor. A canal in Japan. A number of large and small boats in the canal. Houses along the canal.
Man works at a stall of noodles on a street, in Japan. He smokes a wooden pipe and smiles. Three other men wearing flat Japanese hats eat noodles from bowl using chopsticks, near the stall.