Film titled 'Social Class in America' about factors influencing vertical social mobility in United States. Babies in nursery at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. Three babies named Guilford Ames, Theodore Eastwood and David Benton from different classes (upper, middle and lower). Father of the upper class boy at his executive desk with secretary. Father of the middle class boy shown doing book keeping at his office. Father of the lower class boy working as an unskilled worker, pours liquid from a bucket at a factory. The housing for the different families is shown, including an estate, a single family home, and a row house.
The 42nd National Automobile Show at the New York Coliseum, December 8-16, 1956. A sign above an escalator at the entrance reads 'National Automobile Show'. A model wearing a swimsuit seated on the hood of a 1957 Desoto convertible. Two women seated in a 1957 Chrysler 300C. Aerial view of the Buick exhibit, with the 1957 Buick Roadmaster Convertible prominently displayed. An executive version of the 1957 Cadillac features a typewriter in the back seat and a record player in the front dash. Auto executives gathered at a display featuring a row of steering wheels. President of Chrysler L. L Colbert hails the future in a statement..
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.
Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox vies for the major league batting title with Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees. Mickey Mantle seen seated in the Yankee dugout next to manager, Casey Stengel. Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox walking across ball field in front of the camera. Ted Williams, at bat, hits a long drive. (Note: Williams won the batting title for the year, with an average of .388 and Mantle was runnerup with .365.) Scene changes to 7th game of the 1957 World Series, between the Milwaukee Braves and the New York Yankees, on October 10th, 1957. Braves pitcher, Lew Burdette, rubs a ball, as he stands on the mound. View of the final pitch, and play of the game that retires the Yankee side and wins the series for the Braves, whose players rush onto the field to celebrate with Burdette. Fans spill onto the field from the stands.
(Note: Lew Burdette, started three games, won three games, threw two shutouts,and was named most valuable player in this 1957 World Series.)
American Power Boat Association (APBA)Gold Challenge Cup race on Lake Washington,Seattle,Washington, August 10th, 1957. Hydroplanes are seen traversing the 90 mile course in 30 mile heats at high speed. One hydroplane motionless in the water,after its engine quit. The winning boat is Miss Thriftway, driven by Bill Muncey, who is seen standing next to the large Gold Cup trophy. Change of scene to England, November 7, 1957, where a group of men stand on a pier next to the Bluebird II, jet-powered speedboat. Owner, Donald Malcolm Campbell, is seen getting into the boat. A man onshore sits at an electronic speed recording device. The Bluebird II, driven by Donald Campbell, is seen speeding across Coniston Water lake in Cumbria, England, where it achieved a new water speed record of 239 mph.
Tennis star,Althea Gibson, from New York City, USA, is seen in the final seconds of her contest with Darlene Hard, in the Ladies' singles final at Wimbleton, England,on July 6, 1957. She is the first African American to win at Wimbleton. After shaking hands with Hard, she is seen receiving the ladies' Wimbleton tropy "Rosewater Dish," from Queen Elizabeth, II. Althea Gibson displays the sterling silver salver, as she poses next to Darlene Hard.