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1. 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.

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

Votes: 55

2. 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

Votes: 114

3. 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

Votes: 37

4. Stairway to Light (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

6.3
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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

Votes: 136

5. Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

10 min | Short

6.8
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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: 65

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

Votes: 41

7. Souvenirs of Death (1948)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.3
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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

Votes: 46

8. Willie and the Mouse (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.2
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Add a Plot

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

Votes: 44

9. 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

Votes: 37

10. Famous Boners (1942)

Passed | 10 min | Short

6.3
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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

Votes: 20

11. 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

Votes: 59

12. One Against the World (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, History

6.2
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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 »

Writers: Barney Gerard, Doane R. Hoag | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jonathan Hale, John Nesbitt, Dorothy Adams, Ernie Alexander

Votes: 44

13. 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

Votes: 31

14. Trifles of Importance (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Short

6.7
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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

Votes: 41

15. 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

Votes: 28

16. 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

Votes: 30

17. 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

Votes: 67

18. 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: 23

19. 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

Votes: 18

20. 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

Votes: 59

21. 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 »

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

Votes: 24

22. Unseen Guardians (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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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 »

Writers: George Wallace Sayre, Doane R. Hoag, Samuel H. Chain | Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: John Nesbitt, Marjorie Kane, Nestor Paiva, Jo Ann Sayers

Votes: 37

23. 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

Votes: 54

24. 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

Votes: 11

25. 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

Votes: 20

26. 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

Votes: 31

27. 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

Votes: 71

28. 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

Votes: 23

29. It Looks Like Rain (1945)

10 min | Short

5.9
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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.

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

Votes: 33

30. 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

Votes: 37

31. 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.

Votes: 33

32. 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

Votes: 67

33. 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

Votes: 18

34. Storm (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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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

Votes: 99

35. The Giant of Norway (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography

5.4
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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 »

Writer: Doane R. Hoag | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Lumsden Hare, Hugh Sothern

Votes: 30

36. Grandpa Called It Art (1944)

10 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.3
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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: 30

37. 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 »

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

Votes: 52

38. 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

Votes: 56

39. 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

Votes: 36

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

10 min | Short, Biography, History

7.0
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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: 18

41. 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

Votes: 38

42. 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

Votes: 56

43. 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

44. 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

45. 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

Votes: 154

46. The Fabulous Fraud (1948)

11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.3
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The story of Dr. Anton Mesmer, the man who discoverd hypnotism.

Writer: John Nesbitt | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Baragrey, Phyllis Morris, Marcia Mae Jones, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 36

47. 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

Votes: 35

48. Forgotten Treasure (1943)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.6
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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

Votes: 21

49. 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

Votes: 42

50. The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947)

11 min | Short

7.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 45