Diary of events in 1932 in the United States of America - Franklin Roosevelt becomes the President.
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M/S of Herbert Hoover addressing masses of his supporters. He blames crisis in Europe for American Depression, criticises Democrats and promises better times. High angle shot of the crowd cheering.
L/S of the crowd supporting Roosevelt. Medium Shot of the Democrat Will Rogers who addresses the crowd with the touch of humour, and pledges his support to Roosevelt. During his speech, several reverse M/S of Franklin Roosevelt laughing.
L/S of the New York skyscrapers. C/U of the sign "ELECTION BOOT" with an arrow under the text. M/S of people queuing to vote. Several L/S of the people voting. L/S New York at night (Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan). Several shots of the streets of Manhattan at night, lots of night lights and commercials, very bright. People waiting for the results of the elections, ready to celebrate. L/S of the crowd being controlled by the Police on horses.
Various, mostly high angle shots of the show in Chinatown. A girl in traditional robe dances with sabres and people watch, even from balconies and fire-stairs.
Positive atmosphere in the Republican headquarters. Shots of crowd cheering, mostly college youngsters. M/S of Hoover and wife watching the celebration. Young man jumps and shouts. M/S of Hoover with wife smiling.
C/U on the face of Al Smith smoking cigar following the results on the radio. High angle, top shots of the crowded streets with innumerable hats - Democrats waiting for the results. C/U of the face of Al Smith, smiling, pleased with the results.
Great victory for democrats and for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. L/S of supporters celebrating. L/S of Roosevelt waving. L/S of masses cheering.
Panoramic shot of Manhattan at night - skyscrapers, lights, the sea. High angle shot of the streets of New York at night. Cut to a car running towards the camera at night (car's lights are very bright).
L/S of the crowd, very dark. The camera blitz enables the spectator to recognise President-elect Franklin Roosevelt waving. L/S Crowd is shouting and police is in the crowd. There was an attempt to assassinate Roosevelt, narrator explains.
C/U on the face of the man killed instead of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - the Mayor of Chicago, Mr. Anton Cermak. M/S of the soldiers in white uniforms carrying coffin. People watching. M/S of the crying widow and family. M/S of the soldiers taking the coffin out of the car and putting it in the train.
L/S of the White House. M/S of President (former) Herbert Hoover leaving the White House and entering a car. Roosevelt is sitting in the car. M/S of the two presidents (Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt ) in the car. Panning shot of the car driving away, followed by the car with the two First Ladies. High angle shot of the line of cars, lead by the car with the two Presidents, parading.
M/S of the President of the United States of America (USA), delivering 'return to democracy' speech . During the speech, several images appear: soldiers saluting; Eleanor Roosevelt with the two young daughters / granddaughters; C/U of a face of the President Roosevelt and the senior officer saluting (probably saluting to the flag); Lincoln Memorial; C/U on Lincoln's face at the Memorial.
Repetition of the images from the beginning of the program.
L/S of the cowboys controlling the cattle. Line of tractors. Mountain peaks covered in snow. Train in the prairie. Train arriving to station. C/U of the faces of an elderly couple. People getting off the train. A coach with the horses waiting for passengers. Coach leaving the station and moving through the prairie - "Coming home" - narrator says.
C/U on the clock's pendulum which dissolves into closing titles - "Time to Remember" - written and produced by Peter Baylis.
N.B. The attempt to assassinate FDR actually took place in 1933. The shots were fired by Giuseppe Zingara. Although the voiceover describes Cermak as Mayor of Miami - this is not correct. MD - 5/10/00. The President's inauguration also took place in 1933, March 4 to be exact.