The famous British dramatist and satirist, George Bernard Shaw, strolls into a garden on shore of Lake Maggiore, in Italy, where his friend, Prince Paulo Troubetzkoy, and wife, Elin Sundström Troubetzkoy, are seated. Shaw kisses her hand, shakes hands with the Prince, and introduces a gentleman accompanying him. The four sit and chat, while petting one of the Prince's two white dogs. (The Prince loves animals greatly and is, accordingly, a vegetarian, as is his friend GB Shaw.) Closeups of Shaw conversing with Troubetzkoy. The Prince points out beauty spots of famed Lake Maggiore. Mountains and clouds in background. Shaw poses while sculptur Troubetzkoy works on a bust of him. Mrs. Troubetzkoy approaches and Shaw turns to speak to her, and smiles when the Prince chastises him for breaking his pose. This happens again. The prince and Shaw look at the bust and seem to be satisfied with the likeness.
The history of famous airplanes. Italian aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer General Umberto Nobile in dirigible 'Italia' in Italy. He prepares to repeat the 1926 flight of dirigible Norge. Animated world map shows dirigible Norge's course from Spitsbergen, Svalbard to Point Barrow in Alaska. General Nobile stands in the doorway of the gondola of the dirigible. Dirigible 'Italia' in flight.
Italian influence on American life, reflected in foods and history. Crowd eats Italian food at Italian Festival San Gennaro at Mulberry Street, in Little Italy, on lower East side of Manhattan, New York City. Italian chefs cook pizza and other food items at a restaurant kitchen. Views of Ferris Wheel; . decorative lights; a brass band. Customers eating pizza in restaurant. They put napkin on dog and feed him pizza. A Casino. View of George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River. Heroic sculpture of Italian explorer and navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528) by Ettore Ximenes (1855–1926) in Battery Park, New York City. Home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, on Staten Island, New York. Visitors enter the home, which displays sign reading: (in Italian)" He lived in exile, 1851 to 1853. Giuseppe Garibaldi, Hero of two worlds." View of statue at Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain, Columbus Circle. in front of the Union Station, Washington, DC. Italian Carabinieri march in Columbus Day parade on 5th Avenue, in New York City.
Italian and American flags displayed on building. St. Patrick's Cathedral is seen. Italian journalists at work in Washington, DC and New York City.
A film on monuments and buildings in Italy. The main route from the oil fields of Italy to Hungary lies through Venice. A man rowing a boat in the Grand Canal. The palace of Ca' d' Oro. The entrance to Piazza San Marco. The St Mark's Campanile and the Doge's Palace. Exterior of the Church of San Marco. People walking towards the church. The Bridge of Sighs connecting the Ducal Palace and a prison. People rowing boats in the waterway.
Subject is the 1926 Ford "National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy," which started at Ford Field, Dearborn, Michigan, on August 7, 1926. Film opens showing a parked biplane with tandem open cockpits. It has an unusual exhaust gathering container atop its engine and an exhaust pipe extending straight down below the fuselage. Camera shows the same aircraft from the rear, with hangar and terminal building in background. Another parked biplane displays the number "19." It is equipped with small interconnected wing flaps on its upper and lower wings. Next is seen a Woodson Model 2-A Biplane with number 14 on its fuselage and another biplane marked Number 11. Closeup of Henry Ford leaning out of a car, talking with a cinematographer, holding a camera, and reporters. A large group of persons involved in the events pose for a photograph. The camera pans across them as they pose in front of a hangar. Scene shifts to spectators crowding around a Ford-Stout 2-AT aircraft as it begins its takeoff roll. Camera follows the airplane as it continues and becomes airborne.
Glimpses of airplanes and crews that made the Pan American Goodwill flight that covered 22,000 miles to 21 Central and South American nations, in 1926. Aerial view of hangars and runway at kelly Air Base, Texas, as one of the five Loening OA-1 Amphibious aircraft takes off from the runway on Dec. 21, 1926.The five aircraft seen in flight over a city, are: The New York, with crew: Maj. Herbert Dargue and Lt. Ennis Whitehead; The San Antonio with crew: Capt. Arthur McDaniel and Lt. Charles Robinson; The San Francisco with crew: Capt. Ira Eaker and Lt. Muir Fairchild; The Detroit, with crew: Capt. Clinton Woolsey and Lt. John Benton; and The St. Louis, with crew: Lt. Bernard Thompson and Lt. Leonard Weddington. President Coolidge presenting the pilots with with citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1927, at the opening of the Pan American Air Commission Conference.