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The Seesaw and the Shoes (1945)

 -  Short  -  5 May 1945 (USA)
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This short shows how two objects led to important discoveries. Children playing with a seesaw inspire French physician Rene Laennec to invent the stethoscope, and a pair of shoes made of ... See full summary »

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This short shows how two objects led to important discoveries. Children playing with a seesaw inspire French physician Rene Laennec to invent the stethoscope, and a pair of shoes made of caoutchouc lead Charles Goodyear to discover the process for vulcanizing rubber. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: The Seesaw and the Shoes  »

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Narrator: Out of the passing parade we this time take the stories of two small and unimportant things that changed our lives for all time: a children's seesaw and a pair of shoes.
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24 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Seesaw and the Shoes (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Another nice entry in MGM's Passing Parade series with this one taking a look at two simple items that led to major discoveries. The first deals with a doctor who sees two kids playing on a seesaw and this leads to him discovering the stethoscope. The second deals with shoes and how a man finally discovered the way to make rubber after many failed attempts and even a turn in jail. To be honest with you I don't think either story is the greatest out there and that's probably why they were turned into just one film instead of being made into two. That's not to say these are weak stories but I don't think either one carried enough drama to warrant their own movie. With that said, their still interesting enough to warrant four-minutes each and as usual the filmmakers do a nice job at telling the story and John Nesbitt's narration is wonderful as usual. I think the best of the two stories has to belong to the seesaw as it does contain a nice little twist as to how the discovery was made.


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