Examples of notable Italian-Americans. Several cars on Parkway, in Riverdale, New York. A signboard directs 'Downtown, Riverdale Avenue Northbound and Yonkers Ferry.' Views of Villa Pauline, home of the late famed Italian-American conductor, Arturo Toscanini. Another noted Italian musician,carrying on the Italian-American traditions, is Gian Carlo Menotti, who is seen looking over programs of musical events in which he has been involved. Views of the United Nations Building in New York City. The Flags of different nations on flagpoles. Cars parked on sides of road. Leonardo Vitetti, Italian Representative to the UN, talking to U.S. Senator John O. Pastore, of Rhode Island.
Music Maestro, Arturo toscanini, is seen in the library at Wave Hill, the mansion in which he is living during World War 2. His grandson, Walfredo Toscanini, is relaxing on a sofa in the background. The Maestro, paces the floor, as he listens to a phonograph record. Toscanini family pictures are seen on a piano, where the maestro is seated playing from a musical score. He pauses to annotate the score.
Women vote for a public bill for a housing project in Riverdale, New York. Woman sits at table in bank, hands out information leaflets. Women pass leaflets near trolley,car,bus and train. Women speak at a radio station. Men and women walk into a voting room. Woman in booth marks ballot. Hands mark 'no' and 'yes' in ballot. Woman walks past housing construction.Man at counter of an election office. Women speak to a man.
Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."
Vincent Lopez and his orchestra are on stage ready to perform. He stands by his piano, and begins to conduct. The orchestra starts to play. Mr. Lopez calmly seats himself at the piano and plays along with the orchestra, displaying notable flourishes as he plays. Sequence breaks and picks up with male vocalist now also on stage. Lopez stands, conducting vocalist and orchestra. (Note: Vincent Lopez and his orchestra performed at the Grill Room in the Hotel Taft, New York City, from 1941 to 1961.)
Preparations for launch of the USS Hancock (CV-19) at Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1944. . Shipyard riggers removing supports from under the ship's hull. Platform at bow is decorated with bunting. Scene shifts to Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, and the launching of the USS Missouri (BB-63), on January 29, 1944. Crowd gathered around the bow as the Missouri goes down the ways. Another change of scene to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. Here the ways are emptied following the launch of the Light Cruiser, USS Hancock (CL-81) on June 19, 1943. The Hancock can be seen in the water. Tugs attend to the newly launched Cruiser.