This Warner Bros. short is a jam session with several outstanding African-American jazz musicians, including Lester Young. Darkly lit and with a mood that matches the music, the film was ... See full summary »
George 'Red' Callender,
Hollywood stars participate in a Mexican-themed revue and festival in Santa Barbara. Andy Devine, the "World's Greatest Matador", engages in a bullfight with a dubious bovine supplied by ... See full summary »
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band,
The Spanish Troubadors,
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 »
Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter ... See full summary »
In this Crime Does Not Pay series entry, John Jones is an up and coming businessman who drinks too much but denies he has a problem. One day he mixes drinking and driving, and the tragic ... See full summary »
Part of MGM's Passing Parade series, the focus is on Dr. Phillippe Pinel, head of an asylum during the time of the French Revolution. Pinel couldn't believe what he found on his first inspection of the facility. Several of the inmates had been there for 30 years or more and lived in horrible conditions, a prison rather than a hospital. He believed that the mentally could be cured and within two years of over a hundred inmates were released. His work was not popular and he was beaten on the street only to be rescued by one of the inmates he had released years before. Written by
An Oscar winning one-reel short from an extended series of shorts done by MGM
Back when going to the movies was practically an all-day affair, studios made short subjects and most studios had regular series of shorts that followed a basic framework and usually had the same narrator, writers, etc. One of the best and most successful was The Passing Parade, which took its stories from real life, either everyday people in everyday life or footnotes in history, such as the subject of this Oscar winning short. Narrated in an almost flat, somewhat folksy style by John Nesbitt, it tells of the early efforts of one French doctor to help the criminally insane. A very effective and memorable piece, Turner Classic Movies runs this as filler regularly, particularly in March as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" feature. Highly recommended.
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