This entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series looks at the community of Mooseheart, a community in Illinois that is the home to orphaned children.





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Thirty-fives miles west of Chicago lies the small town of Mooseheart, Illinois, which has many attributes of many small mid-western American towns. But its one special characteristic is that its citizens are primarily children, specifically orphans. The town was conceived in 1909 by the Loyal Order of the Moose, who wanted orphans to grow up in loving, happy homes rather than institutions and to have fun as children should in addition to learning hard work and discipline through the learning of what is traditionally considered grown-up work for their future security. Some are also provided with what is generally the privilege of upper class homes, such as private music lessons. The town's development was possible through sizable donations. Much of that money is spent on the science behind raising parent-less children, making sure that the children's well-being is foremost. Written by Huggo

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27 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 72: City of Children  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Final episode in the long running Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Passing Parade one-reel series. See more »


Follows Strange Testament (1941) See more »

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Final Passing Parade
3 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

City of Children (1949)

** (out of 4)

This seventy-second episode in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series is one of the weaker entries I've seen. The film takes a look at Mooseheart, IL, a place where there's an entire city of children who are taught how to live life after being abandoned by their parents. This series has always been one of my favorites because it either recreates great drama or tells great stories that many people might not know about. This film doesn't do either because there isn't any drama and the actual story being told isn't all that entertaining. The movie is incredibly flat from start to finish because we get a lot of stock footage and Nesbitt's narration just isn't what it normally is. The entire film has a lazy feel to it and I found myself looking at the clock a couple times too many, which isn't normally the case with this series. This was the final entry in the series and it wasn't a good one to go out with.

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