Milton Rackmil, Jules Stiles and other dignitaries during expansion program of Universal City in California. A dignitary addresses. Jules Stiles addresses. Milton Rackmil with Jules Stiles and another dignitary drive the first rivet. Model of proposed Universal City.
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.
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 party on Parisian set of 'Wild and Wonderful' at Universal City in California. People on the set. Woman clicks pictures. A car arrives. A man crowns a woman as 'Miss France of America'. Sign of a cafe. Miss France of America stands with a woman. Aerial view of a street of the Montmarte.
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.
Preparations made for participants and visitors to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. An aircraft in flight. Automobile traffic on road. Skyscrapers of Los Angeles. A crowded sidewalk. Cars parked in a parking lot. The air hostess announces to people aboard aircraft. Sketches of the famous personalities of Los Angeles. A trailer truck being driven off in the foreground. Traffic on fly overs. Houses in the city. Palm trees on a beach area. Cars parked in front of shops. People at a market place. A boy dances in a toprock breakdancing style. People watch the boy perform his break dance. People dance wearing skates. A woman dances. A man plays piano in an open ocean front market. A man performs a stunt and weightlifters workout lifting heavy weights at Venice Beach. Boys play racket sports. People ride bicycles and skate on a beach. An aircraft in flight and the airplane preparing to land at Los Angeles International Airport. People gathered at the 1932 Olympics watching runners leap hurdles in a race. Seats in stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . A man plays bugle. People in a stadium watch the horse race. Exteriors of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).