Depiction of the New York Stock Exchange crash of 1929 in New York City. American traders at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. People trading at the exchange market. A man talks on a telephone. Many people gathered on the floor of NYSE. People discuss, crowd, and shout out orders. People sell their shares. Frenzied selling of shares. Ticker tape machines spitting out sell orders. Traders yelling orders to other traders. Telephone switchboard operators frantically taking orders. A note reads 'Sell 3000 M' , 'Sell 800 GE' , 'Sell 1000 RCA', 'Sell 1000 M' , 'Sell 1000 A', 'Sell 500 EBS' and 'Sell 2000 CN'. The stock market crashes. Stock ticker tape and papers scattered all over the floor of the exchange on Wall Street.
Scenes of fire fighters battling fire at the Lee Brothers warehouse at 2296 Eighth Avenue at 123rd Street in New York City. The warehouse blazes. Firemen spray water from hoses at the blaze. Two men talk to each other at the site. View of damaged fire fighting equipment, cars, and debris. (FDNY Firemen Elbert Hardman and Nelson Tuite, both of Engine 36 were operating the deckpipe on the 1929 Seagrave hose wagon of Engine 36, when an explosion blew out the top corner of the building front wall. Both fire fighters were killed and the hose wagon was destroyed.) The firemen evacuate casualties and transfer them into ambulance. Thick ice covers the building from freezing temperatures, after the blaze was extinguished.
Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)
Symbolic montage of scenes showing unrestrained materialism and spending in the U.S. during the "Roaring 20's," before the 1929 Crash of the New York Stock Market. Rolls Royce cars move on the streets in New York City. Ford cars on the road. A chauffeured Rolls Royce limousine on the road and being parked. Symbols of money: currency notes and jewelery. Currency notes and coins stacked up. Views of Cash Registers from National Cash Register displaying dollars and cents. Coins being dropped into a National Cash Register machine.
Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children in California. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
The film 'The Unfinished Revolution' depicts people recovering after the Great Depression in the United States. Most scenes circa 1929 - 1931, but film produced in 1967. The United States Capitol building with 1940s and 1950s cars and taxi cabs on roads in foreground. View of exterior of Supreme Court building. Closer view of U.S. Capitol and then of the White House in Washington DC. Also the Washington Monument. A herd of sheep and of cattle grazes on pastures. Cowboys on horseback herd cattle on a giant field with snow covered mountains in the background. Farmers work in a field picking cotton. View of Manhattan skyline including Empire State Building, with new skyscrapers in construction in the foreground. View of a street market in a New York neighborhood and a Ford sedan on the street. Busy New York streets filled with cars and pedestrians at end of 1920s. Children standing on fire escape in poor downtown area look down over suspended laundry lines between buildings. An officer looks out from small window of a raised booth traffic light as the lights on the booth change color. A Ford automobile assembly line. Engineers work in a factory with minimum wages. A farmer plows a field of potatoes using four horses. A wheat thresher working a field. Trains at a crossing, on a bridge, and coal cars lined up at a coal yard. Busy New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor filled with people around time of 1929 market collapse. Frenzied stock market scenes. Board outside a factory reads 'No Men Wanted'. Scenes of silent railroad yards and dormant factories. A man plays an accordian and collects coin donations. People wait in a queue and in a soup line or bread line. Unemployed and homeless men asleep in public areas.