Plow That Broke The Plains (1936)

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The subject of the film is the settling of the Great Plains, 400 million acres of land which stretches from the Texas panhandle to
Canada, and the subsequent misuse and ravages of nature to which the land finally succumbed in the 1930s. The covered wagon race, the gently rolling fields and the pictures of the desolation after the great droughts are themselves blunt testimony to the harsh
realities faced by the settlers.

Map of United States outling Great Plains area.
CU wheat.
PAN across grasslands.
Cows grazing in a field.
Cloudy sky.
WS cows grazing in a field.
MS man on horse.
WS cows grazing.
MS man on horse.
Cows grazing.
CU cows being herded into barns.
Covered wagon headed toward CAM.
WS cows grazing.
Covered wagons riding across landscape.
CU sledgehammer driving in stake.
CU plow cutting into land.
Man at plow picking up soil – feeing it – dropping it into hat and
looking off into distance.
WS fields, farmhouse in BG.
CU corn stalks – wheat fields.
Horse drawn plows thru fields & combines.
Barn w wagon wheel in FG.
CU horse drawn plow.
MS woman sweeping steps.
Man plowing field.
MS woman standing alone on porch.
CU man looking discouraged.
Baby playing by plow.
CU man bowing his head & kicking, angry.
Tank appearing on horizon.
Woman standing on porch w broom.
Tank.
CU man.
Tank.
Explosion.
Newspaper headline ENGLAND DECLARES WAR ON GERMANY, BELGIUM
INVADED, FRENCH WIN AT SEA.
Plows being driven thru fields.
Explosion.
Newspaper headline WILSON PROCLAIMS WAR – SPY RING ARRESTED –
GERMAN SHIPS SEIZED.
Plows being driven thru fields.
Cannon explosion.
Combines.
Cannon explosion.
Barge
CU wheat pouring into bin.
Barge.
Tractors in field.
Tank.
Tractors in field.
Tank.
Tractors in field.
Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
Tractors in field.
Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
Tractors in field.
Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
Tractors in field at dusk
Wind blown wheat field.
Combines in wheat field.
Printing presses running.
Combines in wheat field.
CU wheat pouring from spout.
Combines in field at dusk.
Printing presses running.
Combines working in fields at night.
CU wheat pouring from spout.
Smoke pouring out of smokestack.
CU WHEAT.
MS ticker-tape machine.
Combine.
Ticker-tape machine.
Wheat pouring into bin.
Ticker-tape machines w tape flying out.
Black man hitting a cymbal.
Ticker-tape machines w tape flying out.
Black man hitting a cymbal.
Ticker-tape machine crashes to ground.
CU skulls on parched cracked land.
Shots of stationery, tractors, plows, combines.
CU insect crawling across parched cracked land.
Deserted land.
CU worn out tires.
Dying dog.
Deserted land.
CU feet walking thru dusty soil – empty fields – inactive combines
– plows – tractors.
Weather vane.
CU man looking skyward.
Single horse grazing in field.
Stormy sky.
Little boy running toward CAM.
Stormy sky.
2 boys running thru storm to safety in store.
Man holding hat & running from storm.
Dust – wind storm brewing.
Quiet after the storm, horses buried by dirt & dust, shoveling out,
moving out shots of deserted dry land.
A procession of cars going down the road.
Father playing w child before tent.
Cars turning into tent city.
Man brushing dust off coat.
Woman unloading truck.
Men whittling.
Women unloading truck.

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