Los Angeles County Relief Administration (LACRA) workers cut and sort lumber in a Santa Monica, California lumber yard, largely comprised of old discarded sets from movie studios. Truckloads of old wood arrive at the yard and it is sorted and cut further. Woman with a young boy stands in front of stacks of smaller lumber available to citizens as firewood. The boy pulls his small wagon loaded with firewood.
33rd Annual Academy Awards banner on Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. A car arrives at the auditorium. Hollywood stars arrive. People sitting in the auditorium. Eva Morris announces name of best actor in a supporting role. Peter Ustinov comes to the stage and takes the award. Shirley Jones for best actress in a supporting role, Elizabeth Taylor for actress in a leading role and Burt Lancaster for best actor in a leading role are also awarded. They come on stage to receive the award amidst long applause. People in auditorium clap and cheer.
Huge single 8-foot diameter tire on the XB-19 bomber is seen rolling over airfield ramp at the Douglas aircraft company Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. Douglas engineers walk along beside the B-19 aircraft as it is being towed. U.S. Army Air Forces test pilot, Major Stanley M. Umstead, stands with a Douglas Aircraft Company executive, in front of the XB-19 wheel. A mechanic is seen on an engine nacelle, looking down over the propeller.The XB-19 is towed into position. View of the empennage, with rudder slightly turned. The airfield is crowded with Douglas company employees out to watch the aircraft's first flight. Baggage being loaded on the aircraft. Engines start and the XB-19 taxis and takes off and does not raise its landing gear. The XB-19 in flight,with landing gear still extended, seen from a chase airplane. It departs the coastline. View from beneath the XB-19 as it cruises, at low speed. The XB-19 coming in for a landing at March field, Riverside, California. The pilot rounds out high and porpoises a bit until touching down on main wheels, and slowly lowering the plane onto its nose wheel. The XB-19 rolls out on the runway showing full flaps. A crowd has turned out to watch the aircraft's arrival.Newsmen and photographers gather as the crew stand on the ramp. Major Umstead, with cigar in his mouth, is interviewed.
Brief shots of Grand Canyon, speed boats, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, Sea World killer whale, rodeo cowboy, woman skiing, snow capped mountains, and Disney castle. Map of North America highlights California and Nevada. Postcard pictures of people and places in California and Nevada. Los Angeles skyline. Neon sign "Coors California." Car hop drive in diner with classic muscle cars and motorcycles. Shot looking upward from moving vehicle of palm trees lining street. The famous Hollywood sign. Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios park shows tourists with Jaws mechanical shark and moving shooting demonstrations. Rolls Royce on Rodeo Drive and shopping with storefronts of Cartier, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci. Aerial view of Santa Monica pier. Man surfing in waves and woman in bikini playing volleyball. Controls of boom box and young man breakdancing. Roller skaters performing stunts and dancing on roller skates. Hotdog vendor. Tall swings with two performers. Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies homes, TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. Street Car or Cable car operating shows conductor and controls at work. San Francisco street scenes with pedestrians and automobiles. San Francisco pier. Slicing sour dough bread and steaming dungeness crabs. Yosemite National Park with people boarding shuttle bus and watching waterfall. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. Boats on Lake Meade. Las Vegas sites including Flamingo, Stardust, and Dunes casinos. People gambling at the Las Vegas Club. Neon lights of casinos. Slot machines and table games like craps and blackjack. A Las Vegas nightclub show with dancers. Woman relaxing on a raft in a pool at a hotel.
Women race on mechanical hobby-horse race at Santa Monica, California. Group of women ride the mechanical hobby-horse. Woman signals the flag on finishing line. Rosemary Theater in background. Race winner kisses and hugs her hobby-horse.
Douglas Aircraft Engineers donning special helmets, shoes and cold weather clothing before entering Low Temperature Laboratory in Santa Monica, California. The temperature in the chamber is below 60 degrees. Engineers enter the cold chamber to test aircraft equipment. They check the equipment inside the cold chambers.