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 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. 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.
On the one year anniversary of Adolf Hitler rising to power as Chancellor and Fuhrer in Germany, Americans assemble in Madison Square Garden, New York to denounce Adolf Hitler's ascendancy in Germany. People gathered in Madison Square Garden including New York Governor Al Smith, Ray Moley (seen speaking at podium), Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and Mayor Fiorello La Guardia (also seen speaking at podium). Views of dignitaries on platform and of the gathering of 20,000 attendees in Madison Square Garden. Photographers click pictures. People watch and listen. From a March 12, 1959 newsreel featuring events from 25 years earlier.
Thousands of spectators gather to see a dog show in Madison, New Jersey. Pet owners accompany their dogs for the show. Various breeds of dogs: English Setter, Schnauzer, Bedlington Terrier and Bulldog participate in this show.
A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
Two men climb Colgate Clock dial in Jersey City, New Jersey to reset it back at the end of daylight savings time. A woman adjusts her watch while an overlay of clock hands is seen. A bum wakes up while sleeping on a bench. He adjusts his alarm clock. The homeless man goes back to sleeping on the park bench. A bag piper in Scottish outfit removes and alarm clock from his hat, adjusts it, and then returns it to his hat. Street sweepers with brooms and trash bins adjust their watches. A horse pulled wagon passes by behind sweepers. View of an old fashioned radio. View of Napoleon Lebrun & Sons Metropolitan Life Insurance clock tower at Madison Square garden in New York.
A dog show in Madison, New Jersey. People gather to watch the show. People walk with their dogs. Several kinds of dogs are demonstrated. The winner dog is awarded by officials. The owner of the dog receives an award.