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People on Paper (1945)

A history of comic strips, with clips of various cartoonists at work.



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Credited cast:
Himself - Narrator
H.H. Knerr ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Himself - Cartoonist
Fred Lasswell Jr. ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Frank King ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Chester Gould ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Dick Calkins ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Milton Caniff ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Chic Young ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Raeburn Van Buren ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Ham Fisher ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Himself - Cartoonist
Harold Gray ...
Himself - Cartoonist
Al Capp ...
Himself - Cartoonist
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Americans are preoccupied with the news, but need an escape from many of the events reported in the news. These escapes in the past have included dime store novels. The most accessible of these escapes is what are known as the funny papers, the set of serialized comic strips that are included within many newspapers. They appeal to all socio-economic classes, and all ages. Some of the earliest known from the late 19th century include the Yellow Kid, Little Nemo, Happy Hooligan, the Katzenjammer Kids, Mutt & Jeff, and Bringing Up Father. Many cartoonists are seen in action. Some originated their characters, while others have taken over following the passing of the originator. The joy of many comic strips are the absurd and the fantastical, which are limited only by the imagination of the cartoonist. Others are grounded in reality, which add to their poignancy within the public mindset. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

17 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 55: People on Paper  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Passing Parade
7 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

People on Paper (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This is a pretty interesting entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, which was produced at MGM. This time out he talks about how people want to know about items in the papers they read so this short is dedicated to the cartoonist and their most famous drawings. Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Al Capp (Li'l Abner), Hal Foster (Prince Valliant) and Chic Young (Blondie) are just some of the famous faces we see. The narrator starts off by introducing us to the men and then we get to see them quickly draw part of their comics. I think it's safe to say that the majority of the people who are going to be interested in this are those fans of the people being highlighted. I was never much of a comic fan so seeing these being drawn didn't strike me the same way I'm sure it will those who enjoy seeing this stuff. If you're a fan of these people then this here is pretty much a must-see because I'm really not sure how many of these people were photographed while they were working.

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