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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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Annie Swenson
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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 The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947) See more »

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Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerps from the second movement played during the opening credits
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Kathleen Freeman in what is probably her only starring role...
8 July 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I always think of KATHLEEN FREEMAN as Miss Dinsmore, the vocal coach for Jean Hagen in the hilarious SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Actually she had numerous TV and film credits to her name for a long period of time beginning in the late '40s, but this is her only starring role in a John Nesbitt "Passing Parade" short about immigrant hired girls from Europe.

Freeman is Annie Swenson from Sweden, who doesn't pass the test as maid to an American household until the dad gets a taste of her cooking. As the narrator says, from then on she "conquers the father through the stomach" with some good Swedish recipes.

"I guess I don't send for my trunk, yes?" she asks in her Swedish accented voice.

She becomes a dear member of the family and eventually marries and has to say her good-byes to the family that took her in as a maid, starting at 84 hours a week, room and board, for $15 a month.

A nice look back at a time that doesn't exist any longer with a fine performance from Freeman in this Oscar-nominated short from MGM.


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