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1. 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.

Writer: Lewis Jacobs | Director: László Kardos | Stars: John Nesbitt, Steven Geray

2. 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

Writers: Herbert Morgan, George B. Seitz Jr. | Star: John Nesbitt

3. The Great American Mug (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.1
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A look at the typical barbershop today and in the bygone days.

Writer: George B. Seitz Jr. | Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Barris, Frank Darien, Lester Dorr

4. Passing Parade (1938)

10 min | Short, Drama

6.4
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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 »

Writers: George Wallace Sayre, Doane R. Hoag, Douglas Foster | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Margaret Bert, William Lally

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

10 min | Short

5.3
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A young husband writes a letter to his wife recounting the ups and downs of their marriage.

Writer: Doane R. Hoag | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, James Warren, Jacqueline White

6. 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 »

Writers: Cran Chamberlin, Gene Piller | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Cording, Albert Godderis, Walter Kingsford

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.

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

8. 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.

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

9. A Really Important Person (1947)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama

5.9
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A policeman's son searches for a suitable subject for an essay about an important person.

Writers: Harriet Frank Jr., George B. Seitz Jr., Beatrice Joy Chute | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Connie Gilchrist, Clancy Cooper, Chick York

10. Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.1
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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 »

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

11. 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.

Writer: Harry Poppe Jr. | Director: Douglas Foster | Stars: John Nesbitt, Margaret Bert, Edward McWade, Dave O'Brien

12. 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

13. 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.

Writers: Lewis Jacobs, Edith Martin | Director: Paul Burnford | Stars: John Nesbitt, Morris Ankrum, Donald Curtis, Peter Cushing

14. 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.

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

15. 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 »

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

16. People on Paper (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.0
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A history of comic strips, with clips of various cartoonists at work.

Writer: John Nesbitt | Director: Herbert Morgan | Stars: John Nesbitt, H.H. Knerr, Bud Fisher, Fred Lasswell Jr.

17. Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

10 min | Short

6.9
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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

18. New Roadways (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, History

5.7
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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 »

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

19. 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.

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

20. 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 »

Writers: Harry Poppe Jr., Edward Bock | Director: Harold Daniels | Stars: John Nesbitt, Ernie Alexander, Margaret Bert, Edward McWade

21. 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".

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

22. The Hidden Master (1940)

11 min | Short

6.4
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Shows how important luck can be in a person's life.

Writer: Doane R. Hoag | Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Peter Cushing, Dorothy Granger, Louis Jean Heydt

23. 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 »

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

24. Vendetta (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.3
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The story of Carlo Pozzo di Borgo, a boyhood friend of Napoleon Bonaparte's who later turned against him.

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

25. 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.

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

26. 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.

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

27. Yankee Doodle Goes to Town (1939)

11 min | Short, History

5.8
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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 »

Writers: Richard Goldstone, Alvan Sommerfield, Joseph Sherman | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: John Nesbitt, Clem Bevans, Joe Devlin, Robert Dudley

28. 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 »

Writers: Norman Rose, Doane R. Hoag | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: John Nesbitt, Vince Barnett, Edward Hearn, Claire McDowell

29. Forgotten Treasure (1943)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.5
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This short highlights the film preservation efforts of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Several scenes from early newsreels are shown, including the San Francisco earthquake and fire ... See full summary »

Writer: Doane R. Hoag | Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: William McKinley, John Nesbitt, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft

30. 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.

Writers: Harry Poppe Jr., Douglas Foster | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Mark Daniels, Ava Gardner, Tom Herbert

31. 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.

Writer: John Nesbitt | Star: John Nesbitt

32. 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 »

Writers: Dorothy Baldwin, Robert Russell | Director: Paul Burnford | Star: John Nesbitt

33. The Magic Alphabet (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.2
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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 »

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

34. 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 »

Writers: Douglas Foster, Richard H. Landau | Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Ernie Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert

35. Nursery Rhyme Mysteries (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.9
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This Passing Parade series entry looks at the origins of Mother Goose and three popular nursery rhymes.

Writer: George B. Seitz Jr. | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Mary McLeod, Leonard Mudie

36. Willie and the Mouse (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Short

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

37. 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 »

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

38. Dreams (1940)

10 min | Short

6.0
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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

39. 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 »

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

40. Trifles of Importance (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Short

6.6
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This short shows how three seemingly unimportant things can affect people. The first is how the number 7 affects a student accused of theft charges. The second segment shows that a person's... See full summary »

Writers: John Nesbitt, Robert Lopez | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Erville Alderson, Clark Gable, Sam Harris

41. 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

42. Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.9
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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 »

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

43. The Film That Was Lost (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short, History

7.8
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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 »

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

44. Whispers (1941)

Approved | 10 min | Short

5.4
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This short shows how gossip can be used to spread propaganda or ruin a person's reputation. The story focuses on a businessman who spearheads a drive to tear down slums to make room for ... See full summary »

Writer: Herman Boxer | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, William Bailey, Margaret Bert, John Burton

45. More Trifles of Importance (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Drama, Short

7.0
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This entry in the Passing Parade series deals with medical discoveries that are discovered by accident.

Writer: Samuel H. Chain | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Vondell Darr, Lumsden Hare, Claude King

46. Hobbies (1941)

11 min | Short

6.9
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Director: George Labrousse | Star: John Nesbitt

47. 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 »

Writers: Samuel H. Chain, Robert Lopez, John Nesbitt | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, George Tobias

48. Forgotten Victory (1939)

11 min | Drama, Short

6.1
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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 »

Writer: Robert Lopez | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: John Nesbitt, Donald Douglas

49. City of Children (1949)

10 min | Short, Documentary

6.2
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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.

Writer: John Nesbitt | Star: John Nesbitt

50. Utopia of Death (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Documentary

6.2
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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