Another thank you, Hadji!
It is interesting to me that this first episode of "The March of Time" has the themes that run through CITIZEN KANE, and also exotic anecdotes from far places.
The show gives the impression, at a distance, that "Big Bill" Thompson, won the mayorality of Chicago in 1931, but a la the premature party in CITIZEN KANE, the celebration recreated was for Thompson's primary victory in late February of that year. The last Republican elected mayor of Chicago to the present, and supported through several terms by crime boss Al Capone, he was defeated a little over a month later by Democratic reformer Anthony Cermak, whom Thompson is depicted deriding in a cleaned up version of one of his campaign songs.
William Randolph Hearst appears as a supporting player (along with Louisana's Huey Long and New York's Jimmy Walker), congratulating Thompson by phone from California.
[Cermak died two years later in an alleged attempted assassination of President Franklin Rossevelt. It has been speculated since that the assassin was actually a patsy for a gangland hit team whose target was actually Cermak]
Then, we go to New York City for the end of the New York World, which Joseph Pulitzer's heirs went to court to ensure.
Then, we skip to a ship leaving for Devil's Island, which sounds like something out of JOURNEY INTO FEAR, and then on to a melodramatic episode involving King Carol of Rumania personally freeing torture victims in his prisons.
And of course, it takes very little distance for this type of recreation to turn into parody, even satire. CITIZEN KANE did exactly that with "News on the March."