Motion Picture MP80-4

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman The Plea, Episode No. 5

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Original Format(s)
Motion Picture
907 feet
Running Time
25 minutes
Film Gauge
Black & White
Produced by
Columbia Pictures - Ben Gradus in association with Screen Gems and David Noyes

Episode 5. The Plea. The subject of this film is the Marshall Plan.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
0:28   Harry S. Truman in office.
0:35   Starving Europeans.
0:50   Truman enters - narrates.
1:45   Credits begin.
2:20   European family and child on farm: poverty.
3:50   European devastation - needs capital and fuel.
4:30   Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
4:37   Truman speaks - misery and poverty cause Communism.
4:50   Communist rallies.
5:10   Truman walking in Washington, D.C.
5:30   State Department and George C. Marshall.
5:50   Panel - cabinet and President Truman.
6:15   Truman narrates - background on Marshall's Harvard Speech.
6:50   Marshall speech at Harvard - European scenes and narration.
7:40   Truman speaks - reference to plan for European recovery - self-help.
8:05   More European scenes.
8:20   Ernest Bevin - M. George Bidault -- conference on recovery.
9:05   Vyacheslav Molotov appears at conference.
9:20   Truman narrates - Marshall - Molotov.
9:40   European scenes and narration on need for $17 billion.
10:30   Averell Harriman speaks.
10:40   Bevin speaks.
11:03   Truman speaks and narrates - European scenes.
11:38   Arthur Vandenburg and Robert Taft - Truman comments on.
12:05   Taft speaks - opposed.
12:18   Truman and Vandenburg - latter speaks.
13:20   Wherry speaks.
13:40   Newspaper editorial opinion.
14:15   Views of country life and ordinary Americans - willing to share blessings of America - goods and recreation.
15:20   Hungry people in Europe.
15:40   Truman speaks - had to persuade Senators Robert Taft and Arthur Vandenberg.
16:00   Marshall and Truman - latter comments on anecdotes on asking Marshall to serve on China mission and appointment as Secretary of State.
17:40   Marshall speaks.
18:40   Scenes of needs in Europe.
19:05   Anti-U.S. parades in Europe.
19:15   Marshall continues.
19:40   Masaryk, Jan - dead; coup in Czechoslovakia.
20:30   American's react.
20:40   Marshall, Vandenberg, and Robert Taft.
20:55   Marshall Plan becomes law.
21:20   Goods going to Europe; European scenes; animal; machines; factories; prime pump.