Heavy surf undermines and destroys beachfront homes in Redondo Beach, California. Water spread across an area. Damaged houses. A flooded area in the city. A man and a woman and baby leave their home. people try to save their belongings and furniture.
Waves are seen threatening homes built along a boardwalk, at the water's edge, in Redondo Beach, california. Closeup of sea water rushing under the boardwalk and a sign on one home reading "danger, Keep Out." Waves carrying debris, crashing against the the structures. Glimpse from next to a partly sunken house, of wave rolling towards it. Waves running underneath pilings. A house that has fallen over and water undermining it and the boardwalk nearby. A man and his wife and baby rescuing belongings from their damaged home. He carries a chair and she carries her baby from the home that is already tilted. Their belongings are piled up in a safe place onshore. Other people are seen in the background, along with some parked 1930s era cars, including a Light colored 1936 Dodge 4-door touring car with rear fender aprons. Other people help the couple to rescue their possessions.
A vehicle tows a caterpillar tractor at the construction site of an Interstate Highway. Highway constructed as vehicles dig up and level the surface. A container lowers down and pours out concrete to lay down a road. Man guides concrete bucket as it empties into forms containing steel reinforcing bars. An intersection of highways and flyovers as vehicles move over it. Cars move on an Interstate Highway. Children play with toy trucks and tractors, emulating such construction activity, at the seaside in Redondo Beach, California.
U.S. Marine amphibious assault training during World War II. jeep on the beach at Camp Pendleton. Dunes on the beach are marked in places with large signs of various kinds. landing craft partially ashore. One is adrift in the surf. A vehicle flying some sort of exercise flag goes down the beach and stops near a group of marines and some boxes in the surf. View from stern of a landing craft underway. Two Navy Grumman TBF aircraft buzz the beach. Landing craft maneuvering near the beach. A vehicle being lowered from attack transport ship into a landing craft. Several transport ships and a Navy dirigible are seen out from the beach. F6F aircraft buzz the transport from which film is shot. A landing craft approaching the beach. View forward from landing craft as a jeep with two occupants leaves and drives through the surf.
Farmers harvesting grain and corn with machinery on American farms with a narrow tractor harvester. Steel mills and heavy industry and cargo railroads in the United States. Industrial views with smokestacks releasing much smoke and smog (also pollution scenes). Scenes of New York City with busy streets filled with cars, buses, and trucks, together with pedestrians. Many varied 1940s and 1950s cars on the roads. Elevated and also aerial views of U.S. highway networks busy with 1940s and 1950s cars. Views of Jones Beach, on Long Island, New york. Scenes of destruction in Japan from the atomic bomb, with sweeping views of destroyed city in Hiroshima or Nagasaki. U.S. Army infantrymen engaged in house-to-house fighting in Europe during World War II, firing rifles and moving between points of cover in a city filled with rubble.
"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.