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The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947)

 |  Short  |  30 August 1947 (USA)
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In the mid-nineteenth century, Everett Nordill was a seemingly honest family man who doted on his wife and children. But in getting his children to perfect copying the signatures of others,... See full summary »


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Operative 10
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In the mid-nineteenth century, Everett Nordill was a seemingly honest family man who doted on his wife and children. But in getting his children to perfect copying the signatures of others, Nordill was able to produce better than perfect counterfeit money. After the government's criminologists failed to track down the counterfeiter, they called in a curious detective with the code name Operative 10. Operative 10 quickly discovered that a man named Everton, which was only an alias for Nordill, was the counterfeiter. But Operative 10 had to wait for Nordill to slip up, as Nordill never passed on the counterfeit money himself. Operative 10 was counting on Nordill's work to be just a little too perfect for that slip up to occur. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

30 August 1947 (USA)  »

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John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: The Amazing Mr. Nordill  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nordill and his career were the basis for the feature film Mister 880 (1950), starring Edmund Gwenn as the character based on Mr. Nordill, and Burt Lancaster as the treasury agent after him. See more »


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Catch Him If You Can
8 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this short subject from John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series put me in mind of a 20th century case somewhat similar to this one. The Leonardo DiCaprio/Tom Hanks Catch Me If You Can had almost the same plot with Leo as young Frank Abegnale who was a master forger and identity stealer living it up on his illegal gains while a very dogged and determined FBI agent Tom Hanks just relentlessly plods on to get his man.

The DiCaprio role is played here by Leon Ames who is a master counterfeiter whose work is so good that the best experts are stumped by him. The Treasury Department calls in an outside expert in the person of Clinton Sundberg who first identifies and then pursues Ames just waiting to catch him cold passing phony money. Sundberg is a rather unprepossessing sort, like Hanks in Catch Me If You Can or maybe even Peter Falk as Columbo. But it's those guys the majority in the audience identify with.

The Amazing Mr. Nordill is a delightful short subject and let me tease the potential viewer in that it isn't the quality of his engraving that eventually gives Ames away.

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