'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.
Large crowd gathers to celebrate the New Year (1937) in Times Square, New York City, United States. Numerous neon signs are seen. Examples include a "Planters Peanuts" sign that shows peanuts pouring from a package, and signs advertising product names such as: "Camels"and"Coca-Cola." A blinking "Vaudeville" sign is seen. The Criterion movie theater advertises a James Cagney film. Loews theater marquee announces Joan Crawford and Clark Gable appearing in the film "Love on the Run."
Large crowd gathers to celebrate the New Year, 1937, in Times Square, New York City, United States. People shouting and blowing horns. Neon signs advertise products such as "Coca-Cola." The Criterion movie theater (cinema) advertises a movie called "Great Guy" starring James Cagney. Loews State movie theater marquee announces the film "Love on the Run" starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.
Film with highlights from game one of baseball's 1937 World Series between the New York Yankees and New York Giants. Shots of 60,000+ spectators attending the game at Yankee Stadium. In fifth inning, #23 Jimmy Ripple of the Giants singles. #6 Johnny McCarthy singles, sending Ripple to third. Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez gets the Giants' Burgess Whitehead to hit into a double play but Ripple scores, giving Giants 1-0 lead. Shot of crowd standing. Yankee player hits single. Giants' pitcher Carl Hubbell winds up and throws. The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio slashes hit to center field with bases loaded; two runs score and DiMaggio slides safely into second. Former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey watches the game through mesh fence. Yankee hitter Bill Dickey takes a ball. Dickey hits a single, scoring a run and moving up other runners. Yankees' George Selkirk hits single, scoring two more runs. #10 Harry Gumbert now pitching for Giants. Ground ball by Tony Lazzeri scores another run for Yankees. Gumbert walks Red Rolfe with the bases loaded, giving the Yanks their seventh run of the inning. Giants finally get last out of the inning, walk off field. In eighth inning, Lazzeri comes to bat against Giants pitcher Al Smith. Lazzeri hits home run, trots around bases, shakes hand of batboy at home plate. Final score is 8-1 Yankees. Fans walk onto field at end of the game.
The lights of Times Square as seen in the first few minutes of 1937. Neon signs advertise places and products, such as "Coca Cola" and "Planters Peanuts." A klieg light sweeps across the crowd, sporadically illuminating the revelers.
Newsreel titled' 25 years ago' shows people in 1937 marching in protest demanding the expansion of WPA (Works Progress Administration),largest New Deal agency providing employment to millions,in New York. People carry banners with slogans written on them.