Jane Budden, a country girl goes to the big city, determined to find and marry a wealthy man. Instead, she meets and marries Hiram Maxim, a struggling inventor. After their marriage, his ... See full summary »
After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his... See full summary »
Prominent attorney Brad Mason takes on the defense of Rudi Walchek, a young hit-man hoodlum accused of murder. Convinced of the youthful thug's innocence, Mason get him acquitted. Later, he... See full summary »
The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and ... See full summary »
We begin at the sleepy port town of Livingstone, then journey up the Rio Dulce past forests of chicle. We stop to watch men tap the trees, harvest the sap, and load the product onto small ... See full summary »
George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »
This entry in the "Memories From Melody Lane" series focuses on older songs that are now standards in American music. They range from "The Man on the Flying Trapeze", first published in the... See full summary »
Fictionalized look at the discovery of friction matches in 1826 by John Walker, an English druggist. The short takes us through the history of humans and fire, from logs hit by lightening and campfires in caves to oil lamps, flint and steel, tallow candles, and phosphorescent taper. Walker is portrayed as a husband and father whose daughter is injured in a fire caused by a phosphorescent taper. He dedicates his research to finding a safer source of fire. His discovery is based on hard work with a bit of luck. The result: it's now much easier to light a cigarette. Written by
The fifty-seventh Passing Parade short takes a look at chemist John Walker, a man who found it difficult to use flint to start a fire. After a personal tragedy Walker sets up to try and develop and easier way to create fire and ends up making what would become known as a match. MGM produced countless short series back in the day but John Nesbitt's Passing Parade is without question one of their best. I think it's also safe to say that the budget allowed this series was very low but they didn't let that stop them as they used great or interesting stories to make their name. I'm not sure how many people are interested in the history of fire but when you can get it in nine-minutes it makes for something very interesting and entertaining. We see how fire was created before the match and we even get some light humor as to the trouble it would often take just to get it going. The reasons behind Walker's obsession were quite interesting and how he actually ended up coming to find what was needed also made for a great story.
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