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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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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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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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Although Nordill was supposedly a real criminal, no information on him or his exploits exists on the Internet other than as relates to this short film. See more »


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Passing Parade
27 November 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Amazing Mr. Nordill, The (1947)

*** (out of 4)

The 61st entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series once again features a very interesting, if forgotten, bit of history. The film tells the story of Everett Nordill (Leon Ames), a mastermind behind a counterfeiting ring, which included the help of his three young daughters. A government man begins trailing Nordill but it seems impossible that he'll make a mistake to give himself away. This is another winning entry in the series as the story itself is quite entertaining and the twist in how they were able to finally bring him down was pretty funny in a weird sort of way. Once again the story itself is the main ingredient as all the films in the series depended on good storytelling to make everything work. Ames, best known for his role in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, turns in another charming performance and really captures the "gentleman" side of his character. The supporting cast is also pretty good in their roles even if none really jump out at you. The film features some nice direction and a really good atmosphere that helps put you in the time that the film is set.

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