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 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.
Men discussing design of. Model of 275000KW Indian Point Nuclear power plant to be built in New York. Nuclear power plants in Detroit,Chicago and New England planned in next 10 years. Animation of a map of U.S. shows the power plant to be constructed. Electric power supply lines and towers. Cans of isotopes in a factory. A reaction studied by scientist. A hospital building and doctors at a radio lab. Iodine isotopes are mixed in water and a patient drinks it. Doctor analyzes the isotopes by a tracer placed near the Thyroid gland of the patient. The doctor looks at the scale. Doctor examines another patient. The patient is given radiation therapy to control malignant tumors.
Presidential election debate held between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in the United States. New York Herald Tribune newspaper correspondent Roscoe Drummond asks Senator Kennedy that how can American prestige be measured abroad. Senator Kennedy responds stating that America is identified with the cause of freedom and if other countries have to choose between America and a Communist country, they would choose America. He further speaks that there are many indications that prestige of the United States is not as high as it once was. Kennedy summarizes some of these indications and relates to it by mentioning the example of Sputnik Program by the Soviet Union in 1957. Kennedy speaks about the economic development of the Soviet Union. He says the Soviet Union will be ahead of any other country scientifically and militarily by 1970. He mentions votes by different countries in the United Nations dealing with Red China. He says that Guinea and Ghana, two independent countries now are supporting Soviet foreign policy at the UN. NBC correspondent Bill Shadel asks Richard Nixon to speak on the topic. Vice President Nixon responds by speaking about the economic development of the Soviet Union. He speaks that the Soviet Union is a very primitive economy and that the United States is well ahead economically. He says that if the United States is going to maintain its strength and its prestige, they must not only be strong militarily and economically but must be firm diplomatically also. Bill Shadel says that an entire hour was devoted to answering questions from the reporters. He says that each candidate was questioned in turn and each had the opportunity to comment on the answer of his opponent. Shadel says that the reporters were free to ask any question on any subject, neither candidate was given any advance information on any question that would be asked. He says that the fourth debate is scheduled for Friday, October twenty-first.
American boxers Thomas "Hurricane" Jackson and Floyd Patterson prepare for a heavyweight championship. Thomas Jackson trains in New Jersey, United States. He wears a mask. Jackson practices in a ring. People watch him. Patterson practices for the match. People watch.
Women's diving finalists are seen performing platform dives at AAU meet in Houston,Texas, on August 16,1957. Paula Jean ("PJ") Myers wins the gold medal. (Narrator notes she won the gold medals in every AAU meet held in 1957). Myers is seen putting on her sweatshirt after a dive. Scene shifts to Florida, where several expert Water skiers,including an Italian woman, display tricks during World Water Skiing Championship tournament at Cypress Gardens, Florida, on September 17, 1957. Winner of the Tournament's trick skiing event, Mike Amsbury, of California, is seen performing in the final sequence.