A crowd of men is intrigued at the opportunity to be paid fair wages as orange pickers in the West. Even though handbill says that 800 pickers are needed, one of the men quickly tries to discourage the crowd from the seemingly lucrative opportunity.
The narrator in the clip explains the impact of the stock market crash on the United States economy: millions of individuals lost their hard-earned savings, and unemployment rose to 25%. As a result, millions of families had to change the way they lived in order to survive. This new way of life was noticeably less comfortable than their old way of life.
George Bailey, owner of the local Building Savings and Loan, has just gotten married and is about to use the money he has saved for years to take his bride on a big honeymoon... until he sees a crowd gathered outside his office, a crowd that is scared and desperate.