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Passing Parade (1938)

 |  Short, Drama  |  15 October 1938 (USA)
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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 »

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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. Banks do whatever they can to locate the rightful owners. Several hundred of those dollars are in the account of William Lawton, who opened it in 1917 just before heading off to war. He opened it as a joint account, listing the other person's name as Jerry. William died in the war. The issue then became how to identify *the* Jerry Lawton who was entitled to the money in William's account. In "Autobiography of an Automobile", we visit a scrap heap where several cars are scheduled for demolition. The storied history of one of those cars is told. That history is dependent on time, place, owner and age. Despite its imminent demise, that car does have a future. And in "The Marriage Industry", the mail order bride business is described. One person who advertised in a lonely-hearts catalog was Helga ... Written by Huggo

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2 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Passing Parade (1938)

*** (out of 4)

This rightfully titled film is the first in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, which would run until 1949 and end up with seventy-one films. This first film features three different stories starting off with the best, which is how millions of Americans have money in banks that they don't know about. The story centers on a man who deposits money into a bank before being shipped off to fight in WWI where he's killed. He puts a name on the bank slip, which leads to a ten year search. The second story is the life of an automobile from its first time on the road and to the various hands that it gets passed down to. Finally we hear about mail order brides and why some people would want to find love that way. This isn't the greatest film that the series ever produced but the first story was actually so good that one wishes it would have gotten the entire 10-minute running time. It does get the majority of the time but this leads very little for them to do on the second and third story so these here could have either been cut all together or simply saved for a different episode. The first movie contains some nice drama and the mystery of the person the money belongs to was pretty nice.


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