Series of newsreel items about the war between Japan and China.
Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown.
Title reads: "World faces crisis as Japan and China clash in Far East" (T/C obscures company name) Intertitle reads: "Editor's Note: These pictures show you center of great conflict between Oriental Powers. Foreign nations strengthen their forces in Asia as China and Japan come to grips over Shanghai from which war flames spread in Far East."
Shots across Shanghai. People paddle across the harbour fleeing trouble. People gather in the streets. Chinese troops move about streets. American 'Blue Jackets' march around the foreign settlement guarding it from attack. Ext shot of American Consulate. American troops on guard. American troops practice drill in a park. American Secretary General Fessendon (sp?). Poster on the wall. Ships of all nations lie in the River. Shots of a Japanese warship. Japanese troops in part of the city they occupy. People are searched as they enter the Foreign Settlement. Ships and boats are moved along the Yangtze River. Travel shot from boat on river. Troops in Nanking. American warships move into Chinese waters. Japanese warships.
Title reads: "China's Fate in Balance as Japanese Force Drive." Intertitle reads: "Editor's Note: While the world looks on aghast at the conflict raging in the Far East, China and Japan have massed new troops and engines of bloodshed for the greatest struggle of the 'war', a struggle which will decide the fate of Shanghai, and perhaps the fate of China."
Chinese reinforcement get off train. Refugees move around city. Abandoned barricades and damaged buildings. Dead bodies in the street. Fire engulfs parts of the city. More refugees, some travelling on trains. People begging for food. Relief societies feed and clothe destitute children. Armies moving forward into combat. Wounded troops on stretchers and on trains. Artillery in use.
Title reads: "China Strife Puts World On Guard." (T/C obscures company name) Intertitle reads: "Editor's Note: Further fighting around Shanghai and on the Yangtse River leads great powers to take joint action for protection of nationals in danger zones while they seek to end conflict in the Far East."
Japanese troops on guard in captured district of Shanghai. British troops improve defences in International zone. People searched in streets. Boats on river. Chinese soldiers at Nanking. Filed artillery moved into place. Japanese warships on river.
Title reads: "Far East Seethes In Bitter Dispute Over Rich Manchuria. Japan and China mobilize troops as League of Nations and US seek to end conflict between Asiatic powers." (T/C obscures company name)
Views of Geneva, Switzerland. Meeting of League of Nations to discuss Manchuria. Japanese delegates. Japanese troops parade before Emperor Hirohito (riding on white horse). More Japanese troops. Japanese troops get onto troopships to sail to Manchuria. Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-shek and other leaders march forwards. Refugees flee the fighting. Troops in combat. Officer surveys scene with binoculars. Artillery in use.