Devastated buildings due to a tornado 25 years back in Metropolis, Illinois. Debris of devastated building on car. Wooden planks. Devastated houses. People take their possessions out of houses.
Newsreel clip on game 3 of the 1935 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Famed baseball announcer Graham McNamee seen sitting at microphone, recreating some of his broadcast. Cubs outfielder Frank Demaree (#6) hits home run in the third inning. Cubs' Augie Galan gets hit in fifth inning to drive in Billy Jurges. Galan slides into second when throw goes to home. In sixth inning, the Tigers' Pete Fox hits a triple to drive in Goose Goslin. In eighth inning, Tigers Goslin and Billy Rogell get hits to drive in three runs and tie the game. McNamee does voice-overs for all the plays, with loud crowd noise in background. When game ends, police stand at the edges of the infield to prevent spectators from walking across it. McNamee announces the final score of 6-5 Tigers, in 11 innings.
City of Cleveland in Ohio United States. Major productions are iron and steel. Elevated views from a tall building looking out over the city center buildings and streets below. Euclid Avenue Street, one of the famous streets. View of Sailors and Soldiers Monument in Cleveland Public Square, fountain, pedestrians walking in Cleveland, and streetcars on busy streets. Slate notes that the Cleveland street railway systems have attracted nationwide attention for their fixed 3 cent rate of fair, as long as the returns permit a 6% dividend upon an arbitrated valuation of the railway properties. Statue of founder General Moses Cleveland in the center of the city.
Workers in war production effort busy at a General Electric Plant in the United States during World War 2. Men wheel portable power generators used to power search lights. Search light spots an airplane above in the sky during testing. Various parts being manufactured for large U.S. Navy warships. Auxiliary generators provide heat, light and power to cruisers. Big reduction gears and turbines being finished in the factory and tested. Ships outfitted with GE turbines are launched. Narrator mentions the recent launch of several battleships. Two battleship launches are shown, including the June 13, 1940 launch of the USS North Carolina (BB-55), being christened by Ms. Hoey, daughter of Clyde Hoey, the Governor of North Carolina. Beside her in dress white U.S. Navy uniforms are Lt. Sampson and Lt. DeMetropolis. The battleship slides down skids into waters at New York shipyard.
French President of Council of Ministers of the Third French Republic Pierre Laval arrives in New York. French ocean liner SS Ile de France underway at sea. Pierre Laval disembarks from SS Ile de France with his daughter Mlle Josette. Laval is greeted by representatives of U.S. State Department, city officials and French Ambassador to the United States Paul Claudel. A tug sprays water in New York Harbor. The party boards the tug Macom and is landed at the battery and escorted up lower Broadway to City Hall where Mayor Jimmy Walker welcomes the diplomats on behalf of the metropolis.
A celebration aboard a giant plane high over Metropolis en route Atlantic City. Guests seated in the plane. They are served refreshments. Aerial view of the city. British aviators James Mollison and his wife Amy Mollison are honored by American Aviator Amelia Earhart. Heavy weight boxing champion Gene Tunney, artist Howard Chandler Christy and the publisher George Palmer Putnam are among the guests.