Street level view near the southeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles, California. View facing north on Vine Street. A car towing a three-wheel motorcycle turns east onto Hollywood Blvd. Late 1940s and early 1950s automobiles driving on the street. Camera pans westward and other buildings are seen looking north on Vine, including the El Capitan Theatre at 1735 North Vine Street (now the Avalon Hollywood nightclub), the Ontra Cafeteria at 1719 North Vine Street (now the Redbury Hotel at 1717 North Vine), the Melody Lane cafe at the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine, and the Harris & Frank store on Hollywood Boulevard. Brief view of a streetcar or trolley going west on Hollywood Boulevard. Street level camera view then shifts to the southeast corner of Ivar Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, looking west on Hollywood Blvd. Theater marquee of the Admiral Theatre (later the Vine Theatre) is seen across the street at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard. Beyond it, looking west, is the Security Pacific Bank building at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard, and beyond that are the Warners Radio Towers for station KFWB atop the Warner Bros Theatre. Pedestrians walking on sidewalks, and cars and trucks on the street. Scene shifts to various elevated views of Los Angeles with a heavy smog layer settled over the city.
A U.S. propaganda film about Japan during World War 2 depicts psychology and living habits of Japanese people. Japanese mythology explains the origin of the Imperial Family. Japanese people celebrate the 2600 anniversary of mythological founding of Japan in 1940. Men, women and children parade with Japanese flags. A huge crowd gathers for the celebration. United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull visits Japan. Secretary Hull arrives in a conference to discuss about peace in the Pacific Theater. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt speaks about the diplomatic efforts to maintain peace in the Pacific Theater. President Roosevelt seated on a ship with General Douglas MacArthur on one side and Admiral Chester Nimitz on the other. Japanese Ambassador Nomura hands a document to Ambassador Hull after the attack on the Pearl Harbor had actually begun one hour earlier (unbeknownst to the meeting attendees). The document states the Japanese Government's wish to continue negotiations for peace. Scenic views in Japan. Japanese people in Japan. Japanese soldiers in China comitting atrocities against Chinese. Two men shot at point blank range and bodies of Chinese children seen following attacks.
Training of U.S. Army infantrymen in the United States in the year 1940. Infantrymen climb down a net during their physical training. Supplies are carried down. They do push ups on a field. They learn to advance on a field. They climb obstacles and cross obstacle courses. War scenes depict infantrymen advancing on the battlefields in the European and the Pacific Theater. They load and fire artillery.
U.S. propaganda war film about Japan and its people, and its intentions in World War 2. Actor narrator impersonates Japanese man and mocks Americans. Japanese people work to help Japan win war. Japanese people work on a farm. People in boats at a waterway. Sacred fishes in a pool. Soldiers hold Japanese flags as they cheer Bonzai in a victory celebration after battle. High altitude view of buildings in an area. Bombardment in a city. Destroyed houses, buildings and rubble on the ground of Japanese cities. U.S. warplanes fly in formation. Aerial view of a Japanese city. People walk on the street. Vehicles pass on street. Ship 'Argentina Maru' docked at a Japanese harbor. People sow rice seeds on the farm. Narrator (actor impersonating a Japanese person) mocks Americans as being soft. View in a U.S. town of cars parked along the sides of a main street. U.S. 1940's cars. Jockey's Ball banner. People queue at theater box office and in train stations. U.S. nightclubs, bars, and casinos. U.S. people at beach. Japanese industry and munitions factories. Ships underway at sea. U.S. Marines carry a dead soldier on stretcher. U.S. Marines coming ashore and Japanese soldiers fighting in Pacific islands such as Gualalcanal and Tarawa. Forces of both sides fire guns and artillery. Smoke from bombardment. Ragged Japanese forces surrendering to U.S. forces. Japan's best forces shown marching in formation and review. Young Japanese soldiers in training. Japanese children study in a school. Burning Japanese city following attack. Japanese citizen refugees flee; one woman crawls across a railroad track. Japanese exercise to stay fit. Japanese soldiers execute two men (China?). Prisoners held by Japan in forced labor; others executed. U.S. prisoners emaciated and injured in Philippines. Japanese soldiers deploy for war at train station.
Japanese international activities during World War II, 1931-1945. Troops embark for Manchuria. Shanghai lies in ruins (1937). Japanese delegation leaves the League of Nations. Soldiers fire artillery and guns. War in China. Italian troops invade Ethiopia. French troops guard Madrid. A party celebrates the Axis pact of 1940. The dignitaries of the three nations: Italy, Germany and Japan celebrate the signing of the pact. Chinese refugees clog the street. Pearl Harbor being attacked. Remnants of the U.S. fleet assemble. The U.S. amphibious assault on Guadalcanal. General Macarthur returns to the Philippines. Iwo Jima being attacked by the Allies General Buckner watches Japanese surrender on Okinawa. Kamikaze planes attack Us aircraft carriers.
Historic scenes of early aircraft carrier development. Biplanes taking off and landing on the USS langley (CV-1). The launching of the USS Lexington (CV-2). View on flight deck of the Lexington. The carrier underway. Antiaircraft guns on the ship. View, from a ship, of the USS Lexington and a battleship in the distance. Closeup of the USS Langley (CV-1). Crew boarding the USS Hornet prior to her commissioning just before World War 2. View from Hornet's forward elevator as it rises from hangar deck up to flight deck. Entire ship's company, officers, sailors, and marine detachment, on deck in dress uniforms on flight deck during Hornet's commissioning ceremony in October, 1941. Sailors on shore wave as the USS Hornet leaves the harbor. Brief view of American carriers Lexington, Ranger, Yorktown, and Enterprise in line ahead in 1940, followed by view of Lexington.