A newsreel titled "Universal five wins Olympics basketball final" shows a game between the company team from Universal Pictures and the McPherson Globe Refiners from Globe Oil and Refining Co. of McPherson, Kansas. The McPherson team is sometimes also referred to as the Oilers, or the Refiners. The teams are seen playing in the Olympics Qualifying basketball final in New York's Madison Square Garden. People cheer the two teams. Universal defeats the McPherson Globe Refiners to win the Olympics final. The win entitled the Universal Pictures team to name 7 players to the Olympic basketball team representing the United States in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany, and McPherson Globe Refiners was able to name 6 players to the team. These two teams beat out five U.S. college teams to earn the spots in the final and determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. Players in the game in this video clip include Globe Refiners forward Francis Johnson, Centers Willard Schmidt and Joe Fortenberry, and Universal forward Carl Knowles. Universal beat the Globe Refiners by a score of 44 to 43. According to a Time Magazine article of April 13, 1936, the Globe Oil & Refining team, "...have perfected a technique called dunking with which they score by jumping up above the basket, dropping the ball into it." This may be one of the earliest references to dunking, now a staple technique in basketball. The same Time article further stated of the Oilers, "On the defense, they prevent opponents from scoring by batting the ball out of the basket." Again, the Globe Refiners were demonstrating play that later became standard in modern basketball. The idea for the Globe Refiners was a company promotion scheme, thought up in 1934 by Gene Johnson, the Sales Manager of Globe Oil who had several years experience coaching basketball. The Olympic team also included Washington State Huskey player Ralph Bishop. The USA went on to win the gold, defeating Canada 19-8.
A contest for cats at Universal City, California. Children and women come with their felines. Boris Karlof and Bela Lugosi, noted movie screen stars, judge the dark complexioned cats. Three winner cats on table. Cats see each other and close-up shot as one of them hisses in anger at the other cats.
Universal City studios in California. Carl Laemmle congratulated by people in line on the 20th Anniversary of Universal City Studios, 25 years back.
A cake celebrating Universal's 50th anniversary is displayed. Thomas Edison seen in his laboratory. Drawing shows woman looking through an Edison Kinetoscope. Hands demonstrate flip card motion pictures. A model of Edison's "Black Maria" studio. Kinescope pictures displayed include 'Charlie Chaplin and the Dumb waiter' , 'Billy West in the Absent Minded Janitor', 'Ham and Bud in The Sausage Factor!', and 'Bill Hart's Best.' A man watches Kinetoscope of a Bill Hart movie. Scenes from Carl Laemmle's 1909 film 'Hiawatha' Movie set. Cameramen behind hand cranked camera. Outake from 1935's 'East of Java' shows Charles Bickford mauled by a lion. Aerial view of Universal City. Will H. Hays presents Carl Laemmle with plaque honoring 30th year as film maker as Cecille B. Demille, Mary Pickford and Will Rogers look on. Other celebrities include Edward Arnold, Otto Kruger, Jesse Lasky, King Baggot, May Robson, and Binnie Barnes. Clark Gable, Jack Oakie, Jack L. Warner, Carol Lombard, and William Powell at a Hollywood premiere. 'Spartacus' opens at the Pantages theater. The movie 'Back Street' premieres. John Gavin, Anna May Wong, Miyoshi Umeki, James Shigeta, and Nancy Kwan are at the opening of 'Flower Drum Song.' Movie premieres of 'The Pajama Game' and 'Love, Come Back' featuring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall. John Saxton and Janet Lake attend premier of 'Midnight Lace' Other celebrities include producer Ross Hunter with Julia Meade and Lana Turner. Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin attend premiere of 'Come September' Rock Hudson accepts German film award. Premiere of 'Anaguas a Bordo' with Tony Curtis. Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh at premiere of Spartacus. Kirk Douglas attends royal showing of Spartacus in London. Princess Margaret congratulates him as well as Universal President Milton Rackmil and VP Americo Aboaf. Milton Rackmil and Cary Grant Universal's 50th anniversary cake.
A sign reads 'Universal City'. Cars arrive at the Universal City. Several cars leave the area. 'Universal City in 1964' written on a wall. A couple passes by. Several automobiles are parked. Trees, buildings and mountains in the background.
Brief view of people crowded at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, near the Owl Drug store, during a general strike. The San Francisco City Hall is seen across the street. Crowds mill about in various areas of the city (This strike, in July 1934, grew out of a Seamen's and Longshoremen's strike and was soon joined by other labor organizations.) Vehicular traffic making its way with difficulty through the crowds on the street. Vigilantes with clubs keeping people away from side street where business owners cars are parked. Silhouette of California National Guard troops manning machine guns. Rioters gather on a road. Policemen or vigilante officers with rifles and gas canisters disperse crowd. Men run on the streets as policemen scatter the crowd. A sign for "H.A. Hopkins & Co" in background. Lamp lights and buildings on the street.