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Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

Approved | | Short | 29 January 1949 (USA)
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 »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 one of thousands of Scandinavian immigrant girls who came to America in the early years of the 20th century in search of a better life. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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29 January 1949 (USA)  »

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John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: Annie Was a Wonder  »

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Included on the 2005 Warner DVD of The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) See more »

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Narrator: We take this story from a time now gone from the American passing parade forever, the day of the hired girl. Before the First World War, 45,000 lonely immigrant girls arrived each year. Their wages were fifteen dollars a month. They worked 84 hours a week, 14 hours a day. Whatever their names, Bridgette or Herta or Mary or Helga, they were, in a way, the last wave of pioneers seeking a new world. Our first one was Annie Swenson, from Vallborg, Sweden. We'd never had a servant ...
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Follows It Can't Be Done (1948) See more »

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Rock of Ages
(1830)
Music by Thomas Hastings (1830)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (1776)
Sung a cappella by Kathleen Freeman Twice
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Annie Was A Wonder.
17 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the many one reel films that Turner Classic Movies is prone to show in between full-length films, ANNIE WAS A WONDER is one of the many shorts narrated by John Nesbitt featuring the film debut of Kathleen Freeman, best known for her much later movie and TV career even though she acted all throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She plays Swedish immigrant Annie Svenson who comes to the US and works a maid for an affluent family, and slowly forges a life of her own while retaining her own identity as a person. This is a simple production which manages to convey a cute clash of a foreign culture with Americana with essentially apt performances.


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