This black & white educational film is about what occurred in the United States (and overseas) in the 1930s. It was released in 1959. This film is part 2 of 2.
Opening titles: "Life in the Thirties" (:08-:27). A boy rides a bike, a dog yawns, a man chops ice, a cat walks, milk is delivered. A man leaves for work. Men walk towards a factory. Stores open. Fear of economic collapse is gone. Men get shaves and haircuts at a barber shop. Newspaper headline: Lindbergh Trial Opens. People at a courthouse in New Jersey. Charles Lindbergh, his wife Anne, the man on trial for killing their son, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, on trial for his life. Hauptmann on the stand in court. Tattered clothing as evidence. Charles Lindbergh Jr in happier times. The ladder on the side of the Lindbergh house. The trial, the 'crime of the century.' Newsmen rush. Newspapers print. Headline reads: Bruno Guilty. Death house at Trenton, NJ, April 1936. Radio broadcast gives breaking news about Hauptmann being electrocuted that night. Radio controls, the golden age of radio: news, comedy, and music are tops. Men in the radio booths. An orchestra plays. Radio tower (:28-5:16). The zeppelin Hindenburg approaches Lakehurst, NJ. In the sky it prepares to touchdown. A radio broadcast is matched with the actual film footage that records the exact moments that the Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed down, people run, the fire burns. The Hindenburg is on fire and is completely destroyed. The wreckage burns. Busses, people, a bustling city. A cat in the city. Women wear hats. Lunch time in the city. People eat hot dogs. Big Ben in England. The Prince of Wales is stepping down, the Duke of York is now king. Queen Elizabeth and King George and their children. Prince of Wales marries an American woman (5:16-8:41). A mailman delivers mail. An older woman on a swing on her front porch. Women meet to discuss. Overseas, Adolph Hitler speaks and then breaks all treaties. The Swastika is flying. Mussolini speaks, people cheer. Troops march, fascism reigns. Prime Minister of Ethiopia Imru Haile Selassie which has been invaded by Mussolini speaks in Geneva. He warns Europe about Mussolini. Civil War in Spain. Emperor Hirohito, the emperor of Japan rides a horse. His troops ignore treaties and his troops invade China (8:42-11:51). The USS Panay incident, a Japanese attack on an American gunboat while it was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking, China in December 1937. The Japanese apologize.Upper class Americans drink and talk, life is good. America gets more urbanized. People drink and play sweepstakes. Movie marquees. Boxing marquee: Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling. Scenes from the rematch between Louis/Schmeling. Louis wins by a knockout in the first round (11:52-14:05). Casino sign, Coca Cola sign, Paradise Cabaret, Marx Brothers and Shirley Temple signs, Mae West, Benny Goodman. Orchestra plays and swing dancing is in. The jitterbug is all the rage. People dance. Club names in neon. People who have money spend it and live. Couples dance and look elegant (14:06-16:21). Dignitaries of the New Deal celebrate, Roosevelt smiles. His second term has begun. Roosevelt attacks the Supreme Court in a speech. Roosevelt in a car. Congress. Roosevelt speaks. Senator Wagner in NY breathes new life in the labor movement. Workers strike. Wagner has created the National Labor Relations Act, a United States labor law which guarantees the right of private sector employees to organize into trade unions, engage in collective bargaining, and take collective action such as strikes. Workers strike and march. Workers seize auto plant. The assembly line has stopped, people sleep at the factories. Violence at the picket lines. Riot as strikers smash factory windows, police rush in (16:22-21:00). Workers stick with Unions, march and celebrate. Some carry American flags. Some Americans have joined the Nazi Party and march with the German flag. 1939, NYC, Madison Square Garden, an 'Americanization Rally' aka a Nazi rally. A man rushes the stage and is pummeled by Nazis, the police move in (21:01-22:55). King and Queen of England visit the USA for the first time in 1939. War on the horizon in Europe as Germany and Italy commit acts of aggression. June 1939, a parade in Washington D.C. for the King and Queen who ride in a car with President Roosevelt. September 1939, war is looming, the World's Fair is in New York City. Night at the fair. Fountains spray high. Fireworks go off (22:56-26:25). No end credits.
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