Clarence DeMar is victorious in the 6th Annual Marathon against 100 starters in Port Chester, New York. Spectators lined up along sidewalks. Clarence DeMar crosses the finish line to win 385-yard race from Central Park, New York City to Port Chester.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.
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.
Clear aerial views of midtown and lower Manhattan, New York City 1930, but with smoke coming from Hudson River pier of New York Harbor where the North German Lloyd liner Munchen (sometimes Muenchen or München) is seen on fire, shortly after docking in New York after the voyage from Bremen, Germany. Ship emits smoke and fire at the pier. Firefighters spray water to extinguish fire. Views of the piers and slips and dock areas on the Hudson River at New York City and close up views of the firefighters battling the blaze on the Muenchen. The ship subsequently sank at dock. She was raised later in 1930, repaired in dry dock, and returned to service under the new name SS General von Steuben. The ship was sunk in 1945 by the S-13 submarine of the Soviet Union.
Elevated views and busy street views of automobile and pedestrian traffic on streets of New York City in the late 1930s. A streetcar stopped in the street. A roadside news stand. Children walking to school. Children exiting a school bus to go to school Two boys wrestle as a group of boys encourages them. Girls play a game like "London Bridge is falling down." Scene changes to a farm field with a farmer plowing a field with his tractor. A farmer cuts crops with a sickle. Scene changes again to a neighborhood with nice homes and two girls play skipping rope at a house. A woman prepares toast in a toaster. Vegetables and food items in refrigerator. Scene changes to dense urban tenements and scenes of relative poverty in New York City. Elevated view looking out over dense tenements and apartment homes. Two young women sit on sleeping cots on a rooftop 1930s cars parked on a narrow street among crowded city dwellings, and and people sit outside their houses. Kids playing "stoop ball" throwing a ball against steps of their dwelling. A poster reads "Yellow Jack". Children play.
Ethnically diverse people along streets in New York City. People of Chinese origin in Chinatown. Scene changes to a Jewish area with signs on market shops in Hebrew. A board at a shop reads "Strictly Kosher A Goldberg & Son Poultry Market". A crowded street. Children play. Negro men talk in a largely African American area of New York City (likely Harlem). Children play games and skip rope. A boy writes with a chalk on a sidewalk.