Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.
A Wednesday afternoon in the South Bronx, New York City. Camera pans down front of an apartment building on Crimmins Avenue, in the South Bronx, where people are sitting on the apartment house steps, watching men playing stick ball in the street. A 1954 Oldsmobile car turns into the street, keeping to the left to avoid interfering with the ball game. Closeups of players. One tries to take the stick of another. Players watch as a ball, hit high on a building, bounces its way down. A left-handed batter gets set, with a cigarette in his mouth. View down the Avenue. Two men walk along an apartment building roof. A dog walks past a pile of trash. Men seated alone, one backwards on a chair; another on a fire escape; one on a park bench; one in a doorway; and another on a box in front of a store. Two small boys sitting with their shoeshine boxes. Boys playing with a frisbee and two playing catch with a baseball on East 139th Street between Cypress and St. Ann's Avenues. Youth wearing sleeveless sweatshirt painted with picture of a skull and words:"Cara Gons," on it. Police officer in a patrol car parked at a curb. Another patrol car (at 2:48) driving west along 149th street at Bergen Avenue. A young man wearing a sweatshirt with "Latin Crowns" written on it, goes down some steps and through doorway into a building. Another "Latin Crowns" is worn by a youth doing pullups on bottom of fire escape, outside. A boy swings on the same bar. Several youths start to tussle and an older one steps in to break it up.
Mayor of New York city, Robert Ferdinand Wagner delivers a thanksgiving speech in New York. Large crowd gather with banners to greet newly elected mayor of New York city. Newly elected Mayor of New York city and democratic party candidate, Robert Ferdinand Wagner, Jr. delivers a speech after his victory in the election of mayor. His wife stands next to him. Mayor Wagner assures the progress of New York to the citizens. He thanks to his supporters for showing confidence in him. Mayor's friend wishes him. Mayor thanks his friend for his support. His wife thanks to his friend and all supporters for supporting her husband for last couple of months. Mayor thanks his wife.
The baseball New York Giants at spring training in Phoenix, March 1954. This team would win the National League pennant and sweep the World Series in four straight games. Fans watch from the stands as two players warm up. Manager Leo Durocher (L) talks to his coaches: Herman Franks, Frank Shellenback, and Freddie Fitzsimmons. Close up of a smiling Durocher. Unknown player and future Hall of Famer Willie Mays do a mock army drill with baseball bats. Announcer notes Mays is returning from army service and is expected to be a big help to the Giants. Pitchers warm up, including new acquisition Johnny Antonelli, second from left.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.