One of a series of the General Newsreel Company offerings, this episode of "Yesterday's Newsreel" features various segments. First, the French Fleet is shown. It’s 1913 as the new elected President of France Raymond Poincare is seen reviewing the fleet (1:10). The President is shown with Monsieur Baudin, the nation’s Minister of the Navy (1:20), who gets a satisfying look at his battle ships and destroyers. After the war in 1914, then there is peace and another war with the Nazis. Here in 1942, the fleet of France is again reviewed (2:08) at Toulon, where it lies destroyed at anchor.
Next segment is "Preferred by Gentlemen." (2:59) Shown is Dr. William Marston demonstrating a device whereby he claims can determine comparative emotions of blonde, brunette and redheads. Marston explains his theory (3:10). A test is carried out on the girls’ reactions to gambling (3:31) as they all show their emotions and their reactions recorded (4:00). Then reactions of the girls’ are determined on love affairs (4:11). (4:30) is a test to show which of the girls’ is more susceptible to shock as it shows blondes are easiest to scare. At 4:40, "Gypsy Queen Dies" -- Washington DC is the scene of the funeral of Queen Empress Elenora in 1923. Next segment shows various famous personalities including Lord and Lady Montbatten in October 2nd, 1922 (5:27) arrive at New York on visit. At (5:34) is the famous sports woman Eleanora Sears with British publisher, Lord Northcliffe. Also shown is Carter Glass, a 62 year old Congressman (6:10) who was secretary of treasury under Wilson. He’s in his 22nd year as Senator.
Next, 2nd of December 1920 are shown ruins of nine story apartment building at the corner of New York Broadway in 52nd street. Injuring passersby and killing six persons.Chicago’s famous art fair is seen at (8:00). At (8:18) the first sheet of new five cent stamp bearing portrait of Theodore Roosevelt is shown. At 8:50 men of the Army and Navy are seen having a competition to sail ballons from the St. Louis Air Base. Army competitors gets in the balloon at (9:21). The balloons hit the sky one after the other (9:53). Fashions of the day from 1929 is shown at (10:20). The newsreel ends with sports and the Boston Marathon of 1926. John Miles is featured (11:07) and wins the first marathon he entered (11:28). Finally, 1935 harness racing is seen at Maniola (12:15).
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