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Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

Approved | | Short | 29 January 1949 (USA)

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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 »

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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 Forgotten Treasure (1943) 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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Fair Short
2 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated short from John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series. Nesbitt narrates the story of Annie (Kathleen Freeman), a Swedish woman who came to American to work as a maid. She's almost fired on her first day but the father of the family falls in love with her cooking and keeps her on. This here leads to a close relationship between the family and their maid. This is a decent short but there's really nothing here to make it worth seeking out, although if you've got ten minutes to kill and spot it on Turner Classic Movies then you mind find it as mild entertainment. Freeman gives a pretty good performance but the film never really allows her to take shape and deliver what we need and that was some sort of character movement. The narration is decent but there's just not enough here to keep it going even through its short running time.


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