Episode of "The Big Picture", a U.S. Army series of news release programs. U.S. Army cameraman recording Nike missile launch. Atomic cannon fires shell creating atomic explosion and classic mushroom cloud.. Army troops spill out of Sikorsky YH-19 helicopters. U.S. Army infantry soldiers ascend hill firing their rifles. Atomic experiments at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, United States. U.S. Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen seated at a desk in his office. He speaks about a series of atomic experiments ("Desert Rock 6") held in barren lands of Nevada at Camp Desert Rock. Celebrating victory in Europe, during World War 2, American troops parade down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, with the Arch of Triumph behind them. Happy Parisians watch the parade.. War scenes in Hiroshima, Japan: Actual footage of explosion and mushroom cloud rising after atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Barren land on the ground in Hiroshima after the blast. B-29 bombers in flight. Atomic bomb test detonation. Atomic artillery gun M65, also called the Atomic Cannon or Atomic Annie, fires and creates nuclear explosion on distant target.Viking missile launch. U.S. soldiers on parade. Headquarters sign at U.S. Army atomic experiment station at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada, displaying 6-pointed star with "A" in center.. Several atomic test explosions. Soldiers on hillside witness a non-nuclear explosion. Buses carry troops along a road past a sign warning of radiation hazard. Army captain, instructor, briefing troops before the start of atomic maneuvers.. Maps of planned maneuvers. Engineer surveyors lay out ground zero target. View of the ground zero area which is the target area for testing. Signal men lay communication lines to receive and transmit teletype messages. Men operate machinery and dig trenches in which troops will take cover. Other men cover them with sand. [Note: According to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, from February 18 to May 15, 1955, the United States conducted Operation Teapot, a nuclear test series at Yucca Flat and Frenchman Flat on the Nevada Test Site in the continental United States. During the test period 14 nuclear shots and 1 non-nuclear shot were detonated. Several thousand scientific, military (army, air force, navy, marines), and civilian contract personnel participated in the organization, planning, and execution of the test series. Military exercises undertaken during and following the shots took place under the name Desert Rock 6.]
Audience watching performers bow at the conclusion of a performance of Porgy and Bess sponsored by the USIS. View of performance by the "Symphony of the Air, " formerly known as the NBC Toscanini Orchestra, in Tokyo. Author William Falkner is seen visiting with an audience in Japan. Olympic athlete Jesse Owens shows his running block technique to a crowd gathered in Malaya. A test preview of a USIS "People's Capitalism" exhibit is shown at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Two Asian women place a pot on a stove as part of the exhibit. A 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible is displayed at an international trade fair in Salonika, Greece. A man demonstrates and electric razor at the Greek trade show sponsored by USIS. King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece visit the U.S. trade fair and watch children play on a jungle gym, with toy tractors and with a toy teepee. A crowd gathered at the trade show stand in line to see themselves on a television monitor. View of crowd seen on television. A large spiral display sponsored by USIS demonstrates the "Open Skies Proposal" A model of a B-52 bomber is also at the display.
Circa-1990 aerial flyover of Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, followed by brief vintage footage of Walt Disney in an office in 1955, introducing Disneyland and showing a giant map of the theme park on his wall. Shots of July 1955 opening ceremony are presented along with shots of the Disneyland 35th anniversary celebration. Ronald Reagan is seen at both events. President Ronald Reagan in 1990 seen congratulating the park on it anniversary. Then a flashback shot to 1955, with actor Ronald Reagan leaning over a balcony of Main Street in Disneyland and talking about the opening celebration. Cutting back to 1990, Roy E. Disney is seen unveiling a plaque at the anniversary celebration. Scene shifts back to 1955, with Walt Disney welcoming visitors to Disneyland during its opening celebration, and a view of a plaque unveiled at the park's opening. In 1990 footage, Roy Disney notes that no one except Walt could have predicted the success of Disneyland. Views of visitors at contemporary Disneyland enjoying a teacup ride and on the Splash Mountain log flume ride, followed by scenes with colored confetti falling at the 35th anniversary celebration.
The 1955 Chrysler Falcon, designed by Virgil Exner with bodywork by Ghia, is unveiled at an auto exhibition in New York. View of the exposed exhaust system attached to the car. A woman at the steering wheel operates the controls of the car. A man drives a 1955 Chrysler Falcon. The man operates the buttons in the car.
The U.S. Army prepares for its "Desert Rock 6" atomic maneuvers and tests , as part of Operation Teapot atomic tests in 1955. U.S. Army troops in trucks, pass through entry gates, headed for ground zero of atomic test shot "Apple 2" , the 13th in this series, scheduled for May 5, 1955, at the Nevada test site. A soldier with clipboard notes their passing. Next, the Control Center Building is shown. It displays several types of antennas. View from inside the building. Vehicles moving in area near the control center. Low-level aerial view of the "ground zero" area. Men walking into a bunkered shelter housing instruments for measuring atomic explosion data. View upward from ground, of instrumentation being setup on a steel tower outdoors. Glimpse of a soldier who will be participating in the exercise. A technician adjusting instruments atop the steel tower. Soldiers walking into ground zero and inspecting an artillery piece there to determine the planned explosion's effects on it. Other things placed in the area to determine effects atomic explosive effects on them include: sand-bagged emplacement; a jeep (labeled, Test Equip. off limits); a 155mm howitzer; A Browning heavy machine gun; portable field radio; trench mortar; simulated soldiers, including steel helmet and rifle; trees; an unsheltered North American B-45 tornado aircraft; and Republic P-47 aircraft in both sheltered and dug-in positions. Workmen are seen erecting buildings in a model village (including mannequins representing occupants and food to be tested). M-48 Patton tanks and their crews, part of "Task Force Razor" are seen raising dust as they travel across deserts to the Nevada test site. Army soldiers performing maintenance on their tanks and equipment prior to entering the test site. More trucks and equipment approaching the test site.
New York Yankees baseball team arrives on visit to Japan. Japan Airlines stages a welcome as the airplane parks. Team members stand in a group and wave. Japanese baseball fans stand on elevated walkway and cheer the team. Manager Casey Stengel and co-owner Del E. Webb walk together from the airplane. The team rides in cars, escorted by motorcycles, in a ticker tape parade. Casey Stengel and Del Webb wave from an open car. Streets are wet.