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.
Three thousand dogs along with their owners gather to participate in a dog show organized by Morris and Essex Kennel Club in Madison,New Jersey. Owners display their dogs at the show. The best dog in each category wins the award.
The kidnapping and murder case of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, in Flemington New Jersey. Coverage of court ruling in 1935. A huge crowd outside the court during the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for kidnapping and murder termed as 'the crime of the century'. Lindbergh and his wife confront Hauptmann from witness stand. The letters of ransom written by Hauptmann. Lindbergh testifies in the court of trial. Hauptmann cross examined by Attorney General Wilnetz. On February 13, 1935 Judge declares that Hauptmann will receive the death penalty, by electric chair. From a January 1960 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Cierva C30 Autogiro (G-ACIO) built by British A.V. Roe & Co. is seen parked at Air Park, London, England. Several views of the autogiro. Scene shifts to aerial view of the new Federal Post Office building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A Kellett autogiro lands on the building roof, on May 25, 1935,as part of dedication ceremonies,for the new Post Office building. Officials stand on the rooftop watching the landing. The pilot delivers a mail pouch to James A. Farley, the U.S. Postmaster General, thus initiating airmail service between Camden New Jersey and Philadelphia. Aerial views of the Post Office building and surrounding downtown Philadelphia. The autogiro climbing steeply away.
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.
Newsreel recounting events that took place 25 years earlier, in 1935. Farmers mass outside the White House in Washington DC, United States to cheer U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to support the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. The President addresses the gathering from a balcony. U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner acting as the President of the Senate signs the Patman Bonus Bill. A copy of the bill. President Roosevelt addresses a joint session of the Congress to defend his veto. United States Senator from Louisiana Huey Long addresses the Congress. Father Charles Edward Coughlin addresses a mass gathering at Madison Square Garden in New York.