A U.S. Air Force C-121 (Constellation) aircraft taxis in after landing. official greeting party awaits, including a woman holding a bouquet of flowers. A dignitary arrives and is greeted by officials and military officers.He reviews a military Honor Guard in formation holding rifles with fixed bayonets. The dignitary and officials pose, beside the U.S. Air Force aircraft, along with two women. One holds the bouquet of flowers received from the other upon arrival.
A U.S. Air Force C-121 (Lockheed Constellation) aircraft of the Military Air Transport Service, carrying Dr. Milton Eisenhower, taxis after landing at an airport in South America. (Milton Eisenhower, President of Pennsylvania State University, brother, and advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower,is on a good will tour of South America during June 23 through July 29, 1953.) He is seen doffing his black hat, while being escorted by welcomers. Next scene is a view from behind Eisenhower escorted by a large group of people, visiting a construction site. It is followed by closeup from the front showing Dr. Eisenhower, walking with W. Tapley Bennett, Jr., Deputy Director of the Office of South American Affairs, U.S. Department of State. They are accompanied by host country officials, including a military officer. More closeups show Eisenhower and Bennett (in shirtsleeves and sunglasses) talking amiably with workmen at the construction site.
Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
Japanese Propaganda film during World War II: Opening slate "La Federacion Japonesa de los gremios de exportadores e importadores con la America Latina . Producida por Domei Tsusin Sha". Scenes from exterior and interior of a Radio Studio in Tokyo where a narrator addresses persons of Latin America and South America. He introduces a Japanese orchestra in the radio studio which begins to play. Scenes of a map with animation of the radio signals from Japan being carried to Latin America and South America. Next is a "tour" of Tokyo: The Palace of the Japanese Emperor. Interior of the building. Officer speaks. Musical instruments played. Signs and various country names drawn on map. Another map shows Nippon and Tokyo.
Scenes of the industrial city of Tokyo: Bridge, birds fly, vehicles on roads, residential area and modern buildings. A night club.
A Wednesday afternoon in the South Bronx, New York City. Camera pans down front of an apartment building on Crimmins Avenue, in the South Bronx, where people are sitting on the apartment house steps, watching men playing stick ball in the street. A 1954 Oldsmobile car turns into the street, keeping to the left to avoid interfering with the ball game. Closeups of players. One tries to take the stick of another. Players watch as a ball, hit high on a building, bounces its way down. A left-handed batter gets set, with a cigarette in his mouth. View down the Avenue. Two men walk along an apartment building roof. A dog walks past a pile of trash. Men seated alone, one backwards on a chair; another on a fire escape; one on a park bench; one in a doorway; and another on a box in front of a store. Two small boys sitting with their shoeshine boxes. Boys playing with a frisbee and two playing catch with a baseball on East 139th Street between Cypress and St. Ann's Avenues. Youth wearing sleeveless sweatshirt painted with picture of a skull and words:"Cara Gons," on it. Police officer in a patrol car parked at a curb. Another patrol car (at 2:48) driving west along 149th street at Bergen Avenue. A young man wearing a sweatshirt with "Latin Crowns" written on it, goes down some steps and through doorway into a building. Another "Latin Crowns" is worn by a youth doing pullups on bottom of fire escape, outside. A boy swings on the same bar. Several youths start to tussle and an older one steps in to break it up.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.