Brazil enters World War II against Germany. Map of Brazil shown. Crowds gather on the streets of Rio de Janeiro as war is declared. German embassy is closed for safety of Brazil. Stores and shops are closed in Axis countries. Axis ships are confiscated at sea. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President of Brazil Getúlio Dornelles Vargas meet and sign documents of alliance between two nations. Lend-lease military equipment is unloaded from ships. U.S. and Brazilian pilots meet. U.S. pilots give training to Brazilian pilots. Planes take off. Brazilian pilots fly trainer planes to Brazil from the U.S. Flags of Brazil at mast. Brazilian airplanes take off for patrolling the coast. Brazilian ships depart from Brazilian shipyard. Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas promises to defend the coast of Brazil. Ships underway at sea. U.S. sailors stand at attention aboard a ship at a Brazilian port. Workers work in an ordnance factory. Brazilian armed forces and U.S. troops march parade. Military equipment pass on road.
Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
The swearing-in ceremony of Brazil's new President Eurico Gaspar Dutra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eurico Gaspar Dutra acclaimed as the new President of Brazil. Aircraft carrier USS Franklin D Roosevelt (CV-42) arrives for the ceremony, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background. Aircraft in flight overhead. The Mayor of New York, Fiorello Henry La Guardia also arrives for the ceremony. Mayor LaGuardia along with other officials coming out of an aircraft. People gather in a large number to greet him. Officials gather at the congress for the ceremony. Eurico Dutra along with officials arrive in a car at the Palace (Palacio Tiradentes). Eurico Gaspar Dutra being sworn in as the President of Brazil in the Hall of Congress after being handed over the reins by provisional President Jose Linhares. The new President, the first in Brazil elected by direct popular vote, shakes hands with other officials and dignitaries.
Committee for Hemisphere Defense holds a meeting for Economic Solidarity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Members seated at the Conference table. Documents in front of the delegates. Chilean delegate as President of the Committee. A speaker speaks during the meeting. Newspaper men gathered at the end of the room. They note down the speech. Cameramen take pictures. Sumner Welles and Ruiz Guinazu seated in the table.
Committee for Hemisphere Defense and Economic Solidarity holds a meeting at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Members seated at the Conference table. Documents in front of the delegates. Chilean delegate as President of the Committee. Newspaper men gathered at the end of the room. Cameramen take pictures. Uruguayan Representative Guani reads newspaper. Senhor Aranha, Peruvian delegate, Ruiz Guinazu and Chilean delegate give their views on severance of relations with the Axis. The U.S. Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles seated in the conference.
A carnival at Municipal Opera House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The biggest dance of the carnival organized by the Brazilian government. Various groups and masses dancing. Groups at tables.