Franklin D Roosevelt's election as the President of the United States in 1932 . Alfred E Smith, the former Governor of New York and his wife walk amidst a large crowd on the Election Day in New York, on the way to their polling place. Smith is wearing his familiar brown derby hat. Franklin D Roosevelt awaits the result of the polling. People celebrate in the streets of New York as Roosevelt wins with a landslide over Hoover.
The fourth presidential election debate held between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in in New York, United States on 21st October 1960. NBC News correspondent John Chancellor asks a question to Senator Kennedy in relation with U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. Correspondent Chancellor asks if Russians have resumed testing of nuclear devices as per news from Atomic Energy Commission of Washington and if the U.S. would resume its own nuclear testing in 1961. Senator Kennedy replies to the question and says that the next President of the United States should make one last effort to secure an agreement on the cessation of nuclear tests. He mentions the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments from 1932-1934 held in Geneva, Switzerland. Kennedy says that he believes the effort should be made once more by who so ever is elected the President of the United States. Senator Kennedy says that if they fail in making the effort, the responsibility will be clearly on the Russians and then they'll have to meet their responsibilities for the security of the United States, and they may have to test underground. He says that there may be testing in outer space. Senator Kennedy says that he is most concerned about the whole problem of the spread of atomic weapons. ABC News correspondent Quincy Howe asks the Vice President to comment. Vice President Nixon says that the Soviet Union is filibustering. He says further that the elected president should immediately make a time table to break Soviet filibustering.
Baseball newsreel says "Yankees' Submerge Cubs' Pennant Hopes" but footage is of game 2 of 1932 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Wide shots of 50,000 in crowd. Shot of Cubs' Billy Herman leading off game with double. Shot of Yankee pitcher Lefty Gomez throwing. Shots of Cubs Kiki Cuyler reaching first on error and Riggs Stephenson hitting fly ball to score Herman from third base. Shots of Cubs' pitcher Lon Warneke walking Earle Combs in bottom of 1st inning. Closeup of Yankees' Babe Ruth in dugout. Warneke walks Joe Sewell, strikes out Ruth, gives up run-scoring single to Lou Gehrig. Shots of Cubs' Riggs Stephenson hitting double in top of 3rd, scoring on single by Frank Demaree. Shots from Yankees in bottom of third: Ruth walks, goes to second on single by Gehrig; minutes later, Ruth runs home on base hit, followed by Gehrig, who slides into home plate. Shots of Yankee stadium from outfield stands. At end of game, won by Yankees 5-2, fans cross field to exit stadium.
Famous passengers aboard ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield during World War 2) in the United States. Flashbacks show USS Manhattan being christened by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt on 5th December, 1931. It is seen being launched from New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden New Jersey. View of maiden voyage on 10th August,1932, with passengers boarding the ship. It leaves a port for her first trip to Thailand, England, Germany and France. The passengers dance aboard the deck of SS Manhattan. Passengers including Babe Ruth, Jimmy Walker, Glenn Cunningham, and aviator Douglas Corrigan ("Wrong Way Corrigan") seen aboard the ship.
'Retrospect' about the events that led to the present pattern of life in the United States. Host Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the past events in America. Crowd of unemployed men gathering in bread lines after the 1929 crash and subsequent Great Depression. A man near a box of apples. The U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses a gathering. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter who abducted the child during the trial. The congressmen at the formation of the Lindbergh Law. Newspapers describe the apprehension or death of notorious gangster criminals, such as Dutch Schultz and Baby Face Nelson. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. a American politician addresses people. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeals to the League of Nations, after his country is attacked by Italy under Mussolini. Adolf Hitler stands. Troops of the German army parade. Scenes from the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1937 as Spanish national forces battle against fascist rebel forces. Spanish Troops fire 75mm field artillery pieces. Bombs being dropped on the buildings. Spanish soldiers marching during the civil war. The Hindenburg disaster takes place on May 6th 1937: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey. Amelia Earhart the first woman aviator to fly solo holds flowers and is surrounded by people. She went missing in 1937. Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, alone and with U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and with aviator Wiley Post (who had patch over one eye). King Edward VIII of Great Britain, abdicating the throne for "the woman I love." People at the German-American Bund Nazi sympathizing gathering including the subduing of objectors on stage, in Madison Square Garden, New York. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, returning from meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1938. View of Adolf Hitler. German tanks on parade in World War II. an array of artillery guns on display. Railway guns being fired in WW2.
The Great Depression in the United States. (Most scenes circa 1932, but produced in 1967). A woman hangs out clothes beside a water pump. View of slum and tenement homes beside railroad tracks. A sad-looking child. Unemployed and homeless men in a queue wait to get food in a soup kitchen line. Men sorting through trash among shacks and tenements. Americans converse and read newspapers. A campaign parade and men holding a large sign, "Abolish Bread Lines Vote For Roosevelt." The Governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to a large crowd. He encourages people during the Great Depression. While seated in his open car, Roosevelt pets a horse that is beside the car. Roosevelt at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago accepting the nomination of his party for President.