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.
Film opens with a brief aerial view of Universal City studios in California. Next, Carl Laemmle, who founded Universal in 1915, is seen being recognized and congratulated by friends and wellwishers on the Studios' 20th anniversary.
Buildings in Universal City, California. Carl Laemmle greets his guests during Universal Pictures Corporation's 20th anniversary.
Scenes showing various historical events that took place in April 1935. In Stresa, Italy, on the banks of Lake Maggiore, leaders of Britain, France and Italy confer on German rearmament, in violation and defiance of the Versailles Treaty. (There they sign the "Stresa Front"). Images show the French and British delegations arriving by boat and walking near the port at Stresa, including British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, French Prime Minister Pierre Etienne Flandin, and French Foreign Minister (President of the Council of Ministers) Pierre Laval. U.S. College students across the country join in anti-war, pacifist demonstrations. They are seen marching with banners and anti-war signs and cartoons. One banner reads, "It is the task of the 20th century to make this world a brotherhood." Also "War is Hell....Who want to go to hell?" and "War is Stupid". President Franklin Roosevelt returns from a two week cruise. He arrives in Jacksonville Florida. Local officials and crowds in Jacksonville greet him and cheer. Boy Scouts in a line greet the President. Views of Franklin Roosevelt in an open car and on ships and docks. Al Smith and Herbert Hoover share the speaker's stage in New York lending their support for the Salvation Army during the Depression. Scenes from the Easter Parade in New York City. Crowds gather, filling double-decker open air buses. Al Smith seen with his wife. Postmaster General James Farley and Irish tenor singer John McCormack are seen on Fifth Avenue in New York. Amelia Earhart completes a 1700-mile flight from Burbank, California to Mexico City. Scenes of her in Mexico City in a car laden down with celebrating Mexican officials. Aviatrix Bernadine King sets a new record for upside down endurance flying. She is seen getting into her plane, and her plane is seen upside down in the air.
'Calif. Trims U.C.L.A.' shows a college football game between University of California and UCLA Bruins - (University of California, Los Angeles) held in Los Angeles. University of California Bears win the game as the spectators stand cheering.
Basketball game being played between N.Y.U. (New York University) and University of California, Madison Square Garden, New York. Basketball game in progress. Spectators watch and cheer the players. N.Y.U. (New York University) wins over University of California by score of 41-26