Training film about factors influencing vertical social mobility and class in the United States. Three boys named Guilford Ames,Theodore Eastwood and David Benton from different classes (upper class, middle class, and lower class) in Madison, New Jersey. Families of various races gather at the viewing window of a hospital nursery. Babies in cribs seen in the nursery. Three boys stop in front of Madison High School to converse following their graduation. Their parents greet each other as well. Scenes of boys at home after graduation. First, the boy from the upper class, Guilford, speaks to his parents in their living room, with a maid present. Middle class boy, Ted, at the dinner table with his parents and sister. Lower class boy, Dave, with extended family to celebrate graduation. Dave pumps gas at an Amoco gasoline filling station. He wears a white t shirt and baseball cap. "Amoco no lead" is seen on the gas or petrol pump. Guilford, dressed in a suit and driving a 1956 Cadillac, pulls into the Amoco service station and talks to Dave. At his father's office, Guilford shakes hands with Ted. Ted in a suit walks in downtown Madison, New Jersey while thinking. In New York, Ted works at the art department in an advertising firm. Ted draws an advertisement for a refrigerator at his desk. A door with a sign on it, "Art Department, Theodore Eastwood, Director" Ted with other men at a golf course wearing latest mens golf fashions. Ted tees off at the golf course. Ted arrives home at the Convent Station, New Jersey railroad station. Many 1950s American automobiles seen in the car parking lot. He talks to a woman sitting in a convertible and to her husband, Guilford. At the Amoco station in Madison, Dave, now dressed in a mechanic's coveralls, shakes Teds hand. Close up of identification card for a baby at a hospital. The card reads "Benton Baby" and has an image of a stork on it. Nurse takes baby from mother in a hospital bed and puts the baby in a crib. She rolls the baby crib into the hospital nursery.
Children lean out windows of railroad train climbing hill at Mount Washington, as men make adjustments on track bed while the train approaches at slow speed. People outside Binion's Horseshoe casino and hotel in Las Vegas with neon lights flashing and illuminating a woman crossing the street. View of people walking on city streets, town streets, and inside buildings in America in mid 1960's, including views of various late 1950's through mid 1960's cars on roads. View of Belmar Hotel in New Jersey. Families on vacations hiking on ridge tops and beside large canyons; possibly Grand Canyon. Three young boys, shirtless, walking along a wooden fence on a large western ranch. Three women in bathing suits walking on sand of a beach. Heap of waste old 1940's and 1950's cars stacked up. A family with women and children walking along a city street. A line of boys with backpacks, possibly boy scouts, walking along a trail in the woods. Air Force Academy cadets marching on grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Pedestrians crossing busy city streets and cars on city streets in American cities. Boy pulls a girl seated in a red wagon along a suburban sidewalk. Man crosses city street with garment wagon as a vendor pushes his food truck along the street. Man pushes a cart stacked high with cardboard boxes. Men on golf course wheel golf bags near the green. Man wheels gas tank along a seashore area. Post office mail carrier wheels mail bag on sidewalk of neighborhood. Women pushing babies in strollers and scenes along a street market
Wrestling match between Sugar Ray Robinson and Charley Fusari in Jersey, France. James Farley and Walter Winchell seated on chair to watch the match. Sugar Ray Robinson and Charley Fusari fight on boxing floor. Cameramen record the match. Gene Tunney watches the wrestling match. Robinson successfully defended his welterweight title for the last time against Charley Fusari. Robinson won a lopsided 15 round decision. Robinson won the wrestling bout that was staged for the Runyon cancer fund.
Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.
The United States sends aircraft to enable Iran to spray against a locust plague, in 1951. Iranian farmers are seen trying to cope with a plague of locusts, seen covering everytning in sight. The farmers chase them with cloths and use watering cans to dispense chemicals. A DC-4 transport aircraft taxis in after landing in Iran. The aircraft carries several small Piper Super Cub 135 airplanes and a croip duster, all equipped for aerial spraying. View of Piper Cub being removed from the DC-4. A bi-wing crop duster airplane being assembled. Several Super Cub aircraft flying low and spraying against locusts. (Note: The DC-4 aircraft is owned by United States Overseas Airlines, a non-scheduled air carrier based in Cape May New Jersey, that was contracted to combat the locust plague. The project was undertaken as part of President Truman's Point Four Program. approved by the United States Congress on June 5, 1950 in the Foreign Economic Assistance Act. )
Closeup of a freighter steaming past the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Sailors riding on a commercial bus near the entrance to the U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Traffic at the road intersection.Sign identifying the base. Views of ships docked at the base. Flags flying outside the Headquarters of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). View of the great map room inside the headquarters. Officers from various NATO countries seated for a briefing conducted by A U.S. Navy Captain circa 1954. The most senior officers, including the first SACLANT, Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, step close to the map, where he speaks to the briefing officer. Closeup of the briefing officer moving images of aircraft over the map in the vicinity of the Portuguese Azore Islands. Closeup of straits of Gibraltar and then of Brest and Cherbourg on the coast of France; the Western approaches to the British Isles; the Norwegian coast; Iceland; Northern Labrador; the whole seaboard of Canada and the United States. View of waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse back to Admiral McCormick at the briefing map and then to a partially submerged submarine moving in water of the Atlantic. Narrator mentions subs of the 1960s. U.S. nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine launches a polaris missile. Final view of briefing map.erge.