Life in the town of Madison, Indiana, on the banks of the Ohio River, in the United States. Scenes in and around the town: Steel highway bridge across river; the town on hillside across the river; Church steeples protruding above tree tops in view from above; tree lined and shaded sidewalk; a tower with ramparts; italian-medieval style tower; gothic doorway on a church; slate rooftops with chimneys protruding and towers and cupola building top visible; Greek-inspired column ; a renaissance-style fountain with statuary. A fraternal building with ramparts; the fire department building with Italian-style tower; Roman columns on the Jackson safe deposit and trust Company building. Children play in the fountain. A Stern-wheeler Riverboat plying the river with dense black smoke streaming from its twin stacks. Men from Greece, Ireland, Germany and other parts of the world have settled in Madison. They include a confectioner, a county agent and others. A man works on a typewriter in an office. He attends a telephone call. A man and a woman chat and have drinks at a restaurant. A family eats at a dining table. Farming activities: Farms and houses. A farmer plucks grapes from grapevines. A woman brings eggs from a hen house. A farmer loads baskets and milk containers on a truck. Marketing activities: An open market is set up around a court house. A merchant sells his products to customers. View of the main street. Buildings seen on either side of the street. Mountains in the background. Recreation activities: Citizens bowl in a club. They drink at a bar and play pool and checkers. They dance and watch a movie. Customers get refreshed at a corner drug store. Students play instruments during a school concert. View of churches. Parishioners enter a church gate. They worship and pray. A man holds a fishing rod. He walks towards a lake.
Scenes from the Harvest Moon Ball Amateur Dance Championship held in 1943 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. A Viennese Waltz performance is shown first, with dancing pairs waltzing. Audiences enjoy the different performances. A band plays music. Dancing couples in the Lindy Hop Division perform next. Many scenes of Lindy hop dancing with acrobatic swings, dips and twists.
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.
A town in the United States. Automobile traffic on street. Brief view of a riverboat or steamboat on a river. Next scene is Main Street in Madison Wisconsin, with cars and trucks on street. Capitol building dome in Madison is visible in distance. Point of view from a moving vehicle of shops and businesses on West Main Street in Madison, Wisconsin. Businesses include The Drake; Fashion Shop; Chris Eckert; Edward Eckert at 125 and 127 W. Main Street. Next is "W. H. Hanger Plumbing and Heating at 123 West Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Then a Steak and Fried Chicken restaurant. Next is Margaret's Beauty Salon; Goodyear Tires; J.C. Penney Company. Scene changes to a house. A man comes out of a house carrying a fishing pole. Brief scene of two young men in a library.
Volcanic eruption and creation of island of Japan. Glimpse of map of Japan. Gardens and rivers. Two men demonstrate samurai sword techniques. Japanese soldiers advance through smoke carrying rising sun flag. Chinese suffering under Japanese military occupation. Two executed with rifles. Japanese soldiers waving weapons and red ball flags. A DC-3 aircraft flying over a Japanese Pagoda. Vies of Old Japan. Farmers at work. One manually turning a water pump with his feet. A man using a pole to propel a boat. Modern methods adopted in Japan for terraced farming. Japanese building railroads. Japanese modern locomotive on South Manchurian Railway. in 1934. A Japanese twin engine bomber taking off. The Japanese ocean liner, Asama Maru, in the 1930s. Glimpse of numerous ships in Tokyo harbor. Western style architecture in modern Tokyo buildings. Neon lights on the Grand Palace Hotel and other establishments in Tokyo. Industrial smoke stacks. Women at work in a silk factory. Finished product stamped "Made in Japan."Steel ingots being made in a Japanese steel mill using scrap iron imported from the U.S.A. Chinese victims of 2nd Sino-Japanese War. Japanese troops on parade. Fallen American Marines on shore of Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific in World War 2. Japanese high ranking officers reviewing troops on parade. Japanese warships underway. Troops parading beneath the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. American B-25 bombers on flight deck of the USS Hornet, headed to bomb Tokyo.A crew of Doolittle's Raiders standing by their plane. B-25 taking off from the Hornet. Formation of B-25s in flight. View from bomber of smoke rising from bombing of Tokyo below. Brigadier General Jimmie Doolittle pledging to repeat bombing of Tokyo. Supply train entering a Boeing Company defense plant. Workers being scrutinized as they enter the facility and punching in at a time clock. Poster in the plant picturing a B-29 bomber on a message in German describing it as an instrument for a "Destruction Battle against the Luftwaffe." Bold letters, above, in English read: "They're Promised-Let's Deliver 'em!" And, below, the words: "B-29, Super Bombers." Slabs of aluminum sheets fill a factory room. Overhead traveling cranes move them. Workers use heat and brakes to shape the aluminum sheets. Multiple views of the aluminum being machined and stamped to specifications. Wings being fabricated. Relatively unskilled labor using jigs to perform the work. Woman operating an overhead crane moving a wing in the plant. Views of plane parts moving across the ceiling via cranes. Women driving rivets into wings. Men and women employees working inside fuel fuel compartments of wings. A floor full of engine nacelles. A floor full of 2200 HP radial engines. A skeleton nose section being fabricated. Midsections and bomb bays being assembled. Workers crawling through the airframe during assembly. A woman working on a connecting tunnel. Sub-assemblies made by contractors arriving at the plant. More views of Boeing employees including young, old, men, and women, at work in the plant.
'Homes for Growing America' about the importance and the manufacturing of component houses in the United States. The anchor, Frank Blair, speaks about how America produces economic and better homes. Henry Addison, editor of "Architectural Age" at a desk talks about fine architectural standards of homes in the United States. Different styles of houses in America including cape cones, contemporary and regional architectural styles of houses. Various homes in the suburbs outside of American cities are shown. Sketches of various components of a component home like air conditioner, wall panels and kitchen. Jack Lowe, in Lafayette, Indiana reports about the manufacturing of the components of home. Aerial view of Lafayette Indiana, and of the huge home factory there: National Homes Corporation, Lafayette, Indiana. Views inside the National Homes Corporation pre-fabricated home factory, as workers manufacture wall panels from lumber in a factory. Window and door sections being cut out in the panels with a machine. Manufactured panels being inspected for quality. The panels being loaded onto trucks for transportation to markets. Frigidaire appliance boxes are added to the load, along with cabinets from Youngstown Kitchens. A truck loaded with components for one home leaves the factory. A sign on a truck reads 'National Homes'. Another reporter Tom Hadely reports about the fitting procedure of the component houses on site in the field. Men unload the panels. Nails being hammered to erect the wall panels of a new home in the suburbs. The panels being affixed to the pre-poured foundation and nailed. A roof being laid out. Frank Blair in a studio. Bill Moody reports about the component house of James and Margaret Bryan. Mr. And Mrs. Bryan in their well made house. A bedroom and a bathroom of the house. Vintage late 1950s styles in home and fashions are seen. Guests arrive at their house and they show them around the house. Teenage or early 20s couple on the back porch is seen dancing a Lindy Hop swing dance together. Women in the kitchen using refrigerator, built-in oven, and counter top spaces. Food being served to the guests. Guests seated in the living room. View of the separate dining room in the house. Blair talks about how component houses allow individuality in construction and in decoration of houses.