The film 'The Unfinished Revolution' depicts people recovering after the Great Depression in the United States. Most scenes circa 1929 - 1931, but film produced in 1967. The United States Capitol building with 1940s and 1950s cars and taxi cabs on roads in foreground. View of exterior of Supreme Court building. Closer view of U.S. Capitol and then of the White House in Washington DC. Also the Washington Monument. A herd of sheep and of cattle grazes on pastures. Cowboys on horseback herd cattle on a giant field with snow covered mountains in the background. Farmers work in a field picking cotton. View of Manhattan skyline including Empire State Building, with new skyscrapers in construction in the foreground. View of a street market in a New York neighborhood and a Ford sedan on the street. Busy New York streets filled with cars and pedestrians at end of 1920s. Children standing on fire escape in poor downtown area look down over suspended laundry lines between buildings. An officer looks out from small window of a raised booth traffic light as the lights on the booth change color. A Ford automobile assembly line. Engineers work in a factory with minimum wages. A farmer plows a field of potatoes using four horses. A wheat thresher working a field. Trains at a crossing, on a bridge, and coal cars lined up at a coal yard. Busy New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor filled with people around time of 1929 market collapse. Frenzied stock market scenes. Board outside a factory reads 'No Men Wanted'. Scenes of silent railroad yards and dormant factories. A man plays an accordian and collects coin donations. People wait in a queue and in a soup line or bread line. Unemployed and homeless men asleep in public areas.
The activities in the United States after the end of World War I. Herbert Clark Hoover as one of the candidates in the 1928 presidential election and another candidate Alfred Emanuel Smith campaigns during the presidential elections. Paper reads about the election of the President. Sketches of the Herbert Clark Hoover after being elected as the president. A graph depicts a warning situation in stock markets. On 24th October 1929 people panic as the stock market crashes. Several scenes of the people on streets during the crash. People gather on street at Wall Street during 'Black Tuesday' the Wall Street Crash of 1929. A person bends as he sits on a bench. Unemployed workers in a queue seeking aid. Several scenes of the life of people before the stock market crash including dancing. Sketch depicts America's non involvement in the league of nations. People dancing. Sketches of people sitting,dining after the crash. A man with a bowl seeking food handouts.
A 1929 Ford Model A Fordor car drives along a country road, past a mail box and turns, driving past a fenced farm. Cluster of farm buildings in background. Next, the car drives up to a farm building and the driver (a farmer) gets out carrying a bundle, that he takes into the house. A roadster convertible car, with its rumble seat removed and a large trunk installed in its place, stops in front of a house. A boy and a girl, on bicycles, ride past on the sidewalk, accompanied by a large black dog.The driver (a vacuum cleaner salesman) removes a demonstration vacuum from the car trunk and goes to the front door, where he shows the vacuum to a lady who answers the door. Change of scene to a 1929 Ford Town Sedan car arriving at the picnic area of a park. A little white dog jumps out as the door is opened, followed by a man and woman carrying things for a picnic. The woman, with others, prepares the picnic table, while a man tends a fireplace in the background. Young folks sit on rocks by a stream in the park. Scene shifts to a roadside sign reading,"Hunter's Old Spring Tourist Camp, Rooms-Cabins, Shower baths, Heated, Drive in, All Modern." View of the cabins in a grove of trees that have their trunks white-washed from the ground level to about 8 feet. Next, two women and two children leave a house and get into a Buick phaeton automobile, and drive away. Weekend sightseers in automobiles, fill the road leading to some attraction.
Depiction of the New York Stock Exchange crash of 1929 in New York City. American traders at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. People trading at the exchange market. A man talks on a telephone. Many people gathered on the floor of NYSE. People discuss, crowd, and shout out orders. People sell their shares. Frenzied selling of shares. Ticker tape machines spitting out sell orders. Traders yelling orders to other traders. Telephone switchboard operators frantically taking orders. A note reads 'Sell 3000 M' , 'Sell 800 GE' , 'Sell 1000 RCA', 'Sell 1000 M' , 'Sell 1000 A', 'Sell 500 EBS' and 'Sell 2000 CN'. The stock market crashes. Stock ticker tape and papers scattered all over the floor of the exchange on Wall Street.
Mid air refueling experiments in January, 1929. A U.S. Army Air Service Douglas C-1 tanker plane, with hose trailing below it, flies above a modified Atlantic-Fokker C-2A named "Question Mark." The hose is let down to the Question Mark, where a crew member seizes it and makes a connection for fuel transfer. After transfer of fuel is complete, the crew member throws the fuel line off and it is retrieved by the tanker plane. The Question Mark lands at Metropolitan Airport, Van Nuys, California on January 7, 1929, and taxiis in to park. The crew members, including Major Carl A. Spaatz, Captain Ira C. Eaker, Lieutenant Harry A. Halverson, Lieutenant Elwood R.(Pete) Quesada, and Staff Sergeant Roy W. Hooe, all exit the airplane and gather under the wing with well wishers. The five crew members pose for photographs beside their airplane, the "Question Mark." Ground crew tows the aircraft with a tractor.
Film opens showing a display case in the Bolling Air Force Base Officer's Club, containing a model of the Atlantic-Fokker C-2A aircraft flown by pilots of the U.S. Army Air Corps, in January, 1929 when they set an endurance record of more than 150 hours sustained flight. Below it is a Wright J-5 Whirlwind R-790 engine that powered the flight. Next a large poster is shown commemorating the 35th anniversary of the feat (1929 to 1964). It contains photos of highlights from that event. Next, the retired officers pass the display of model and engine as they descend stairs and enter dining room. Most are in civilian clothes. But several attendees are active duty officers in uniform. Major Sidney Kubesch, pilot on record-breaking B-58 flight from Tokyo-to-London, pauses to stand and look at the display case. General Nathan Twining; General Ira Eaker seen briefly at the display case. At end of clip, General Carl Spaatz stands alone, looking at the display.