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1. The Woman in the House (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short

5.7
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The story of a woman who cannot bear to leave her house for 40 years because she has anthropophobia, the fear of people, triggered by the death of her fiancé.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: Ann Richards, Peter Cushing, Mark Daniels, John Nesbitt

Votes: 83

2. Our Old Car (1946)

Passed | 11 min | Short, Biography, History

7.4
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John Nesbitt traces his life and his neighborhood history by the succession of cars his father owned.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: John Nesbitt, Billy Gray, Jack Perrin, Arthur Space

Votes: 81

3. Passing Parade (1938)

10 min | Short, Drama

6.3
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Three specific and separate stories of life's passing parade are presented. In "Unclaimed Millions", millions of dollars sit in banks unclaimed often because those accounts are forgotten. ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Margaret Bert, William Lally

Votes: 64

4. Don't You Believe It (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.4
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This Passing Parade entry looks at several historical "truths" that just aren't so: Steve Brodie never jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge; Mrs. O'Leary's cow did not start the great Chicago ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Cording, Albert Godderis, Walter Kingsford

Votes: 41

5. To My Unborn Son (1943)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama

5.7
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A Yugoslav father writes a letter to the son he will never see, explaining his resistance to the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia.

Director: László Kardos | Stars: John Nesbitt, Steven Geray

Votes: 35

6. Unseen Guardians (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama

6.2
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The "unseen guardians" of the title are the Postal Inspection Service, which investigates mail order racketeering; the Underwriters' Laboratories, which are shown testing electrical ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Marjorie Kane, Nestor Paiva, Jo Ann Sayers

Votes: 39

7. Stairway to Light (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

6.4
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The story of 18th Century French physician Dr. Phillipe Pinel, whose initiated enlightened, humane treatment of the mentally ill.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Cording, Lotte Palfi Andor, Dewey Robinson

Votes: 147

8. Vendetta (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.4
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The story of Carlo Pozzo di Borgo, a boyhood friend of Napoleon Bonaparte's who later turned against him.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: John Nesbitt, Stephen McNally, Herbert Evans, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 18

9. My Old Town (1948)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.8
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Narrator 'John Nesbitt' visits his old hometown and reminisces about how much simpler things were there when he was growing up. He also says that he wouldn't want to visit that time again, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Nesbitt, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Anne O'Neal

Votes: 24

10. Angel of Mercy (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.5
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Story of Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Oscar Apfel, William Bailey, Barbara Bedford

Votes: 46

11. The Film That Was Lost (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short, History

7.7
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A look at the problems of film preservation efforts in the 1930s and 1940s. Focuses on MOMA's efforts which commenced on August 8, 1935. It illustrates the problems with celluloid stock. It... See full summary »

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: William Jennings Bryan, John Nesbitt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 70

12. City of Children (1949)

10 min | Short, Documentary

6.3
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This entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series looks at the community of Mooseheart, a community in Illinois that is the home to orphaned children.

Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 35

13. The Hidden Master (1940)

11 min | Short

6.3
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Shows how important luck can be in a person's life.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Peter Cushing, Dorothy Granger, Louis Jean Heydt

Votes: 31

14. Goodbye, Miss Turlock (1948)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.5
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Narrator John Nesbitt laments the disappearance of the rural one-room schoolhouse in America. He reminisces about his own days as a student in such a school and how his teacher, Miss ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Nana Bryant, Norman Ollestad

Votes: 79

15. Out of Darkness (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Drama, Short

7.1
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This short tells of the Nazi's efforts to shut down an underground resistance newspaper in occupied Belgium.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Egon Brecher, Lotte Palfi Andor, Jack Shea

Votes: 30

16. Magic on a Stick (1946)

10 min | Short, History

7.0
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This short traces how English chemist John Walker invented the wooden friction match in the first half of the 19th century.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: John Nesbitt, Paul Langton, Jacqueline White

Votes: 41

17. A Way in the Wilderness (1940)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography

6.3
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This Passing Parade entry tells the story of Dr. Joseph Goldberger (1874-1929), a Hungarian immigrant who devoted his life to finding the cause of pellagra, a disease that killed hundreds ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: John Nesbitt, Shepperd Strudwick, Barbara Bedford, Helen Brown

Votes: 58

18. Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.2
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In this entry in the Passing Parade series, narrator John Nesbitt tells the story of Annie Swenson, who worked as a cook/housekeeper in the Nesbitt home when he was growing up. Annie was ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Kathleen Freeman, Howard Negley, Ruth Lee, Sven Hugo Borg

Votes: 162

19. That's Why I Left You (1943)

10 min | Short

5.4
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A young husband writes a letter to his wife recounting the ups and downs of their marriage.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, James Warren, Jacqueline White

Votes: 56

20. A Really Important Person (1947)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama

6.0
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A policeman's son searches for a suitable subject for an essay about an important person.

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Connie Gilchrist, Clancy Cooper, Chick York

Votes: 119

21. Return from Nowhere (1944)

Approved | 10 min | Short

5.4
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A man recovers his lost memories when he is forced to relive events in his dreams.

Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: John Nesbitt, Morris Ankrum, Donald Curtis, Peter Cushing

Votes: 58

22. The Giant of Norway (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography

5.6
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This short tells the story of Norwegian explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930). After a life of adventure, he was instrumental in resettling tens of thousands of refugees and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Lumsden Hare, Hugh Sothern

Votes: 28

23. Who's Superstitious? (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.2
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This short film examines the origins of several superstitions including crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, rabbit's feet, and breaking champagne bottles to christen ships, plus the role of superstitions in the Flying Dutchman tale.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Ernie Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert

Votes: 53

24. The Immortal Blacksmith (1944)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography

6.5
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This Passing Parade short tells the true story of Vermont blacksmith and inventor Tom Davenport, who lived the first half of the 19th century. He purchased an electro-magnet, not sure what ... See full summary »

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Chill Wills, Pamela Blake, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 18

25. Golden Hunch (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short

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This entry in Nesbitt's "Passing Parade" series is about the great moments in the lives of famous men who found found an answer or made a great discovery in the flash of a golden hunch. ... See full summary »

Star: John Nesbitt

26. The Incredible Stranger (1942)

Unrated | 11 min | Short

6.3
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In 1893, an odd stranger arrives in a small town and keeps a promise he made to his wife.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: John Nesbitt, Sam Ash, Walter Baldwin, Roger Gray

Votes: 61

27. The Story of Dr. Jenner (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.9
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The story of the man who invented vaccination.

Director: Henry K. Dunn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Matthew Boulton, Helen Brown, Naomi Childers

Votes: 21

28. Strange Testament (1941)

Passed | 11 min | Short

6.0
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Story of Julian Poydras, whose encounter with a girl at Mardi Gras had a profound effect on his later life.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: Edward Ashley, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Morris, John Nesbitt

Votes: 24

29. The Magic Alphabet (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.1
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This short dramatizes how the work of Dutch physician Christiaan Eijkman, who searched for a cure for beri-beri on the island of Java in the 1890's, and led to the discovery of vitamins. At... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Stephen McNally, John Nesbitt, Dorothy Morris, Emmett Vogan

Votes: 35

30. The Story of Alfred Nobel (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.2
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This short explains why Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, founded the prizes named after him.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: John Nesbitt, Gene Coogan, Lalo Encinas, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 36

31. New Roadways (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, History

5.6
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The "new roadways" of the title refer to various projects, carried out in the USA's research laboratories, that benefit mankind. These include solar energy projects, making glass that can ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Richard Cramer, Howard M. Mitchell, Tom Quinn

Votes: 44

32. Famous Boners (1942)

Passed | 10 min | Short

6.4
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This Passing Parade series entry looks at three instances of people who either caused or were the victims of errors.

Director: Douglas Foster | Stars: John Nesbitt, Margaret Bert, Edward McWade, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 19

33. Nursery Rhyme Mysteries (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

7.0
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This Passing Parade series entry looks at the origins of Mother Goose and three popular nursery rhymes.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Mary McLeod, Leonard Mudie

Votes: 11

34. Dreams (1940)

10 min | Short

6.2
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This entry in MGM's Passing Parade series looks at the meaning of dreams, including one by Abraham Lincoln that foretold his death.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: John Nesbitt, Peter Cushing, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 29

35. Flag of Mercy (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, History

6.3
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'Angel of Mercy' (1939) re-edited and re-released with new framework footage relating it to America's involvement in World War II.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Sara Haden, Harold Miller, Ann Rutherford

Votes: 40

36. It Looks Like Rain (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short

5.8
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A survey of the tools and methods used to forecast the weather. The importance of correct forcasts to farmers is emphasized.

Director: Paul Burnford | Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 33

37. The Great American Mug (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.0
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A look at the typical barbershop today and in the bygone days.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Barris, Frank Darien, Lester Dorr

Votes: 42

38. Souvenirs of Death (1948)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.4
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The story of a gun, and how it made its way from a battlefield in Germany during WW2 to the American underworld.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Morris Ankrum, Barbara Billingsley, Don Castle

Votes: 57

39. Yankee Doodle Goes to Town (1939)

11 min | Short, History

5.6
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Made just before America would be forced into the Second World War, this short subject is a brief dramatized history of American democracy. It targets a perceived threat to democracy from ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: John Nesbitt, Clem Bevans, Joe Devlin, Robert Dudley

Votes: 29

40. The Story That Couldn't Be Printed (1939)

10 min | Short, Biography, History

7.1
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The story of John Peter Zengler, who was tried for sedition based on what he printed in his newspaper. His subsequent acquittal established the concept of freedom of the press.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: John Nesbitt, Victor Kilian, Naomi Childers, Mary Gordon

Votes: 17

41. Miracle in a Cornfield (1947)

22 min | Short

5.6
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The story of the birth of a volcano in a Mexico cornfield is described. The rise of Paricutin in the heart of the Mexican farnlands is shown, plus actual eruptions in the new volcano's ... See full summary »

Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 5

42. A Lady Fights Back (1944)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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The saga of the Normandie is recounted from her life as a luxury liner, the horrific fire that nearly destroyed her, and her resuscitation to join in the war effort

Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 75

43. American Spoken Here (1940)

11 min | Short

6.9
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A look at American slang. The origins of a number of familiar expressions are explored, including "mind your Ps and Qs", "kick the bucket", "I don't give a damn" (which started as 'dam'), and "pin money".

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Barbara Bedford, Don Brodie, John Butler

Votes: 37

44. Clues to Adventure (1949)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama, History

6.1
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This short dramatizes how disparate events in history contributed to the adoption of three provisions in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. The events (and the affected Constitutional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Nesbitt, Mary Gordon, John Hubbard, Victor Kilian

Votes: 55

45. The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947)

11 min | Short

6.9
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In the mid-nineteenth century, Everett Nordill was a seemingly honest family man who doted on his wife and children. But in getting his children to perfect copying the signatures of others,... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Leon Ames, Clinton Sundberg, John Nesbitt, Paul Maxey

Votes: 46

46. Willie and the Mouse (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.3
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Director: George Sidney | Stars: John Nesbitt, Robert J. Anderson, Hillary Brooke, Mary MacLaren

Votes: 43

47. The Seesaw and the Shoes (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Short

7.1
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This short shows how two objects led to important discoveries. Children playing with a seesaw inspire French physician Rene Laennec to invent the stethoscope, and a pair of shoes made of ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Foster | Stars: John Nesbitt, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Helen Dickson, Gregory Golubeff

Votes: 31

48. Tennis in Rhythm (1947)

10 min | Short

6.0
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Stars: John Nesbitt, Alice Marble

Votes: 5

49. Grandpa Called It Art (1944)

10 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.4
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Americans as a collective were known as being artistically challenged. During Grandpa's time, art in America was looked at a bit differently than it is today. Typical of the American ideal ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: John Nesbitt, Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield

Votes: 33

50. Madero of Mexico (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.1
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This film chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Paul Guilfoyle, Joe Dominguez, John Picorri

Votes: 31