A view of Place de la Concord looking towards American Embassy. Obelisk of Luxor in the background. 1940s and 1950s cars and trucks on the busy roads of Paris. Exterior of museum of Art de Métiers. Open air philately stamp market and flame at the tomb of an unknown soldier at the base of the arc of triumph in Paris. 13 July 1956.
A documentary reviews the beginning of the Marshall Plan in response to the post war (World War II) needs of Europeans. It depicts its effect on the lives of people during the first year of its implementation. People on a street. A map of Europe. Animation depicts the production of textile, output of coal, requirement of manufacturing industries, and declined food production. U.S. Secretary of State George Catlett Marshall, Jr., tells the people of Europe that if they work together the U.S. will supply money for food and raw material. People read about Marshall's appeal in the newspapers. Traffic on the streets in Paris, France. Foreign Minsters of Great Britain, France and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov arrive for a meeting to discuss the Marshall Plan. The delegates and representatives at the meeting. Molotov comes out from the meeting. Animated map depicts 16 European nations which get together to work for economic development. The delegates seated in a hall in Paris. The Organization for Economic Co-operation is formed. Delegates of European nations signing a document. A view of Norway. A book on a table reads 'First Annual Requirements Program Submitted to O.E.E.C.'. The Marshall Aid provided to Italy. The Marshall Plan implemented in Ireland. Traffic and people on a road. The U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. A meeting of the Congress for the Marshall Plan. Paul G. Hoffman is appointed the administrator of the Marshall Plan. People listen to news about the European Recover Program (ERP) on radios. Men unload food supplies sent by the U.S. from ships at a dock. People listen to a dignitary. Men unload machines from the ship. Workers in Holland ride bicycles. A man unloads cotton from a freight car. A sign for ERP on the freight car. Men at work in a mill. A coal hoist is delivered in Britain. The miners dig out coal and use the hoist. The coal is loaded aboard a ship for trade. Building of automobiles at a plant in Italy.
Post World War 2 improvements and advances in travel and transportation. An ocean-going ship is seen plying the waters of an estuary. A white tower is seen with moving radar antenna on top. A lone operator is seen at radar screens in the control room. He wears headset and microphone. Narrator notes how radar helps navigation in crowded estuaries like the Scheldt and the Malin. Captain onboard ship ostensibly speaking to the radar operator. Another radar antenna rotating rapidly. A British European Airways Vickers VC.1 Viking airliner at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. Glimpses of other airplanes with European airlines identifications including, Belgian,Polish and Scandanavian Airlines DC-3s. A Portuguese DC-6 parked, and a KLM airlines DC-6, named the Vliegende Hollander, taxiing. A Sud-Est SE-161 Languedoc 4-engine airliner of Air France, taxiing.View of control tower and related buildings at the airport. A person marking a carton for air delivery. A man loads parcels from his automobile trunk, into a Scandanavian Airlines DC-3 aircraft. Venue shifts to Orly airport in Paris, France, where a DC-6 airplane sits in front of a terminal building. Preparations to greet a dignitary, including uniformed brass band seated at an awninged pavilion, and a military honor guard. A DC-4 aircraft parked in nearby background. Party going out to greet the dignitary, who turns out to be the President of France, Vincent Jules Auriol, arriving on an Air France Lockheed Constellation airliner. A large contingent of Army troops are assembled in formation to honor the arriving President. He strolls across the ramp, accompanied by a General and an Admiral, among others. He climbs stairs of the pavilion as the band plays La Marseillaise (National Anthem).
Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
A boxing match in Paris, France between Sugar Ray Robinson from New York and Jean Stock of Paris. The two men battle it out in the boxing ring. Sugar Ray Robinson wins the bout during his first European tour.
Transworld Airways Lockheed Constellation airliner arriving from New York City and Shannon,Ireland. It taxis to parking ramp at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Closeup of another airliner shutting down on the ramp. Passengers walk across the ramp and under the tail of an Air France plane, on their way to the terminal building. They are greeted by a band of men in red huntsmen uniforms playing hunting horns. A railroad train in a picturesque setting. Patrons relaxing on a cafe terrace, at an Italian train station, as an electrified train pulls in. An excursion boat draws near to Chillon Castle On Lake Geneva Switzerland. More views of the castle, from its footpath. Ancient Greek ruins near the Mediterranean Sea. Saint Mark’s Basilica on St. Mark’s Square in the city of Venice, Italy. Many visitors walking in the square, and a flock of pigeons taking flight. The Palace of Versailles, viewed from behind statues in the garden. Chartes Cathedral, Chartres, France. St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy. Views of Copenhagen, Denmark, including the Little Mermaid statue. A man rowing a boat on a lake in the Alps Mountains. Snow-covered mountains. Trains running in the mountains. Border guards of Italy and Switzerland on their respective sides of their mutual border at a train station. A train transiting the border. A volkswagen car and other vehicles being processed at a German border crossing.