Mrs. Mary C. Hettinger shoots electric light bulbs from the hands of her great grand children. Views of the 82-year-old target shooting champion in action.
Spectators watch as Charles A. Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, arrive by car at the Newark, New Jersey airport, where they are to try out a new Lockheed Model 8A Sirius ( Altair ) airplane, the first model equipped with retractable landing gear. Mrs.Lindbergh climbs into the rear cockpit and closes her canopy. Colonel Lindbergh converses with a Lockheed official as he climbs into the front cockpit. The aircraft taxis out and takes off. (Note: This is not the Lindberghs' airplane. This aircraft displays "NR-119-W" on its tail. It was actually purchased by the U.S. Army Air Corps as USAAC Y1C-25, number 32-393, and was damaged beyond repair in a belly up landing accident at Wright Field, Ohio, in June, 1932.)
A Benefit Premiere, "A Countess from Hong Kong," directed by Charlie Chaplin, has its gala opening at the Sutton Theater, 205 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 Celebrities seen include Bobby Darin, Jules Stein, Sydney Chaplin, Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Senator Jacob Javits, Lew Wasserman, Van Johnson, Pamela Tiffin, Lynda Bird Johnson, Milton Rackmil, Jack Valenti, and Susan Stein, daughter of Jules Stein. The premiere is a benefit for 'Research to prevent blindness' founded by Jules Stein.
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
U.S. Lieutenant James Doolittle creates a world record in Cleveland, Ohio. Spectators seated in the stands. Lt. James Doolittle in flight and sets a new record of 293 mph in the trials of the Thompson contest at the National Air Races. Lt. Doolittle in front of his plane. A parachutist jumps from the plane. The chute opens and in flight. The parachutist lands safely. A delayed parachute jump. Johnnie Miller of Poughkeepsie performs loops in an autogiro (blend of airplane and early helicopter).