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1. Don't You Believe It (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.5
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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: 40

2. 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: 32

3. 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: 138

4. One Against the World (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, History

6.3
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This MGM short, part of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. In Danville, Kentucky in 1809 McDowell wanted to perform surgery on a woman, Jane ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jonathan Hale, John Nesbitt, Dorothy Adams, Ernie Alexander

Votes: 56

5. We Do It Because- (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.3
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This short explores the origins of various customs such as shaking hands, kissing, and why ships are christened.

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Mark Daniels, Ava Gardner, Tom Herbert

Votes: 58

6. 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: 72

7. Who's Superstitious? (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.4
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This short examines the origins of several superstitions, including crossing one's fingers when lying and why opening an umbrella inside a building is bad luck. Several minutes are devoted ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 38

8. Utopia of Death (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Documentary

6.3
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This short is a report of an expedition, led by Harold Austin, to Mexico's Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California. Austin was in search of the Seri Indians, who were believed to be a ... See full summary »

Stars: John Nesbitt, Harold Austin

Votes: 55

9. 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: 62

10. XXX Medico (1940)

10 min | Short

5.2
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Highlights a new system that will enable doctors to operate over long distances.

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Richard Alexander, Stanley Andrews, Frederick Burton

Votes: 20

11. Forgotten Victory (1939)

11 min | Drama, Short

6.5
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USDA scientist Mark Carleton appears to be traveling on some kind of junket as wheat farmers face disaster from drought, frost, and diseases. But in Russia, he finds a variety of wheat ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: John Nesbitt, Donald Douglas

Votes: 15

12. 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

13. Vendetta (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.5
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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: 17

14. 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

15. 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: 36

16. 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: 154

17. The Woman in the House (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short

5.8
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This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her... See full summary »

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

Votes: 70

18. The Incredible Stranger (1942)

Unrated | 11 min | Short

6.4
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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: 60

19. Goodbye, Miss Turlock (1948)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.6
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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: 70

20. 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: 43

21. Angel of Mercy (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.7
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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: 36

22. This Is Tomorrow (1943)

11 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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The narrator discusses the evolution of the American city from a small farming village to a dirty factory town to a high-rise metropolis to the future planned suburban community, and ties it to a war morale message.

Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 33

23. Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.8
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This Passing Parade entry tells of a little-known story in American history. Eli Whitney, famous for inventing the cotton gin, was given a US government contract to produce a large number ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Erville Alderson, Howard Negley, Harry Hayden

Votes: 33

24. 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: 72

25. Flag of Mercy (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, History

6.5
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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: 29

26. 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: 69

27. 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: 55

28. 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

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

10 min | Short

5.5
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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: 55

30. 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

31. To My Unborn Son (1943)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama

5.8
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A Czech father writes a letter to the son he will never see, explaining his resistance to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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

Votes: 30

32. My Old Town (1948)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.9
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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: 22

33. The Baron and the Rose (1940)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.0
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The story of Henry Stiegel, a blacksmith in Elizabeth Furnace, Pennsylvania, who, in colonial days became a famous glass-maker, acquired land and wealth, and squandered it. As an old man he... See full summary »

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, George Tobias

Votes: 5

34. 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: 114

35. Your Last Act (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.7
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This short looks at the odd bequests that people have made in their wills over the years. They include a woman who left her fortune to her pet cat and a murderer who ensured that his ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: John Nesbitt, Vince Barnett, Edward Hearn, Claire McDowell

Votes: 56

36. American Spoken Here (1940)

11 min | Short

7.0
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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: 36

37. Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.7
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A nation preparing for war must match people with jobs they can do well. This film shows how a Ph.D., a chimp, and three dogs help design aptitude tests for men applying for work. The tests... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: John Nesbitt, Eddy Chandler, Mark Daniels, William Forrest

Votes: 92

38. This Is the Bowery (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Documentary

6.6
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In this somewhat whitewashed documentary on Manhattan's Bowery a newcomer to the area takes his first step toward redemption after a meal, bed, and inspiring talk.

Director: Gunther von Fritsch | Stars: John Nesbitt, Charles St. John

Votes: 49

39. 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: 47

40. 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

41. 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: 10

42. 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

43. 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

44. Trifles That Win Wars (1943)

Passed | 11 min | Short

6.0
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Part of MGM's John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, this 1943 entry looks at how three inventions are making a major contribution to the U.S. war effort. The first is the invention of ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Daniels | Stars: John Nesbitt, Ernie Alexander, Margaret Bert, Edward McWade

Votes: 29

45. Hobbies (1941)

11 min | Short

7.1
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Director: George Labrousse | Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 8

46. It Can't Be Done (1948)

11 min | Short, Drama

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A trip through a Washington Hall of Fame recalls men whose great ideas were scorned in their day; includes stock footage from 'That Mothers Might Live' (1938), 'The Magic Alphabet' (1942), ... See full summary »

Stars: John Nesbitt, Matthew Boulton, Stephen McNally, Shepperd Strudwick

47. 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: 28

48. Storm (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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A look at how the weather bureau tries to warn farmers and businessmen about approaching large storms. Although some precautions can be taken to lessen their impact, storms have to run ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Burnford | Star: John Nesbitt

Votes: 100

49. Strange Testament (1941)

Passed | 11 min | Short

6.1
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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: 23

50. The Story of Dr. Jenner (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

7.0
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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: 20