A car destroyed after fire at residential area in Penns Grove, New Jersey. An old man sits with a dog on a drum. People search their things in heaps of wreckage at demolished houses.
Spectators watch as Charles A. Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, arrive by car at the Newark, New Jersey airport, where they are to try out a new Lockheed Model 8A Sirius ( Altair ) airplane, the first model equipped with retractable landing gear. Mrs.Lindbergh climbs into the rear cockpit and closes her canopy. Colonel Lindbergh converses with a Lockheed official as he climbs into the front cockpit. The aircraft taxis out and takes off. (Note: This is not the Lindberghs' airplane. This aircraft displays "NR-119-W" on its tail. It was actually purchased by the U.S. Army Air Corps as USAAC Y1C-25, number 32-393, and was damaged beyond repair in a belly up landing accident at Wright Field, Ohio, in June, 1932.)
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.
A film titled 'Penn ties 16 year old mile relay mark in classic track meet' shows athletes in a relay race at Classic Track Meet in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Ohio team wins the relay. Athletes participate in a hurdle race. In a mile relay, Penn ties a 16 year old record as his team wins the race.
Fidel Castro is cheered by a large crowd in New York. Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro arrives at New York's Penn Station and is greeted by some 20,000 cheering Spanish-speaking fans and supporters. Policemen control the crowd outside the station. Castro waves towards the cheering crowd at Penn Station.