This black & white film promotes the efforts of the American Red Cross, to help the U.S. Military and civilians through humanitarian work. Copyright 1964.
Opening titles: Paratroopers jump. American National Red Cross presents "Down To Earth" (:08-:31). Paratroopers jump from airplanes and practice landing. A transport lands. Helicopters fly. American troops storm a beach as part of an exercise. A Red Cross Field Director watches the paratroopers in the air, prepared to help servicemen with personal problems such as sickness, death, and other emergencies. Red Cross Field Director speaks to fellow soldiers. Red Cross symbol on a helicopter (:32-2:24). Red Cross Field Director watches paratroopers. Red Cross workers/nurses. Red Cross social workers. Rubber darts hit a picture of a turkey. Red Cross volunteer plays the dart game with a wounded soldier. A soldier helps an older woman walk. Red Cross nurse holds a child. Red cross nurses at work (2:25-3:49). Red Cross flag in front of an office. Red Cross Bloodmobile workers. Paratroopers jump in the skies. A plane flies overhead. U.S. Air Force plane lands. Red Cross Field Director watches servicemen in the field. Heavy surf crashes into the walls near a beach. Wind and flood waters have ravaged a community (3:50-5:30). Destroyed homes. Debris. People in emergency shelters during a flood. Red Cross workers provide food to children. Injured and shocked children in a shelter. Red Cross workers help rebuild a community. Red Cross Disaster workers confer. Destroyed buildings. A woman is excavated from under a building. Injured people are moved on stretchers. (5:31-7:30). Cuban refugees, probably part of Operation Pedro Pan, exit a plane and walk down the ramp. Red Cross nurse works with an injured man. Veterans Administration Hospital. Red Cross volunteer on a telephone (7:31-8:56). Water skiing. A woman practices saving another person in the water and performing mouth to mouth. A person uses a stick to save another. A floatation device. People play in a swimming pool. Horseplay in the pool (8:57-10:27). Sign reads: Learn to Swim. A woman teaches people about water safety. A man puts a motor onto a boat. A teacher teaches first aid. A sick woman lays in bed. A nurse tends to a man. Red Cross Nurses at work. Los Angeles International Airport. A woman donates blood to the Red Cross (10:28-12:18). Blood is frozen for future use. Plasma. Platelets. Blood donation. Dried Fibrinogen. Serum Albumin. VIG. Smallpox vaccination on a small boy. An injured child's eye (12:19-13:44). A jet takes off. Injured child's eyes. A smiling child (13:45-14:20). End credits (14:21-14:38).
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