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.
The baseball New York Giants get ready for the 1956 season at spring training in Phoenix Arizona. Fans in stands watch as new manager Bill Rigney hits ground balls in practice. Shots of first baseman Whitey Lockman, pitchers John Antonelli and Hoyt Wilhelm, and catcher Wes Westrum. Clip notes that Hall of Famer Johnny Mize has returned to the team as a coach and can hopefully instruct players on batting skills. Giants stars Alvin Dark, Dusty Rhodes and Hall of Famer Willie Mays take swings in batting cage.
An Italian motor scooter with a number plate reading 'NY 06 13409, 1956'. A coffee house in New York City serves espresso coffee and pastries. People seated at restaurant. Italian paintings on display in a Manhattan Gallery. Italian movie La Strada shows at the Translux theater; view of marquee. Norma performed at Metropolitan Opera. Italian stage production "The Best House in Naples" playing the Plymouth Theater. Italian books, magazines and newspapers at a shop and newstand. Close up of pigeon birds at Times Square and view of Times Square area, roads, and theatres. Sign at Times Square advertises Buitoni Italian sauces and spaghetti, next to one announcing that Judy Garland would appear, in person, at the RKO Palace Theater in an all star variety show beginning September 26 (1956). People peer through restaurant window to watch man cooking Naples-style spaghetti. Shops selling Italian food products are shown. Stores display signs such as: "Gusto Ravioli Company" ; "Manganaro Grosseria Salumeria"; "Latticini Freschi." Bakery truck displays sign reading: "Stella D' Oro." Italian-American participation in politics is illustrated by banner across a street reading: "Elect Joe Nobile Auditor."
New York Yankees players run onto the field at spring training for 1956 baseball season. Yankee manager Casey Stengel follows. Shots of Yankee pitchers Tommy Byrne and Mickey McDermott warming up. Catcher Yogi Berra catches a ball. Outfielder Hank Bauer takes swings in batting cage. First baseman Joe Collins scoops up a grounder. Shortstop Phil Rizzuto smiles. Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle swing in batting cage. (Note: '56 Yankees would win the American League pennant, then win the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to three. )