This Passing Parade short tells the true story of Vermont blacksmith and inventor Tom Davenport, who lived the first half of the 19th century. He purchased an electro-magnet, not sure what ... See full summary »
This Passing Parade short tells the true story of Vermont blacksmith and inventor Tom Davenport, who lived the first half of the 19th century. He purchased an electro-magnet, not sure what he would do with it. He eventually invented the modern electric motor. This is an unusual entry in the Passing Parade series, because the characters speak their own dialog, with narration at a minimum. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
The Immortal Blacksmith was part of the John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series of short subjects for MGM was unusual in that Nesbitt's radio announcer voice was kept to a minimum and three players told the tale instead.
I'm surprised that this short did not gain any Oscar attention. Chill Wills who is an uneducated and poor blacksmith, but who's a bright fellow is interested in all kinds of gadgets in a world that's changing. Without a real understanding of electricity, he buys an electro-magnet, one of the first and from it develops the first electric motor.
Better that Wills's character Tom Davenport stuck to being a blacksmith because he took out a patent on the thing, but had not the funds to develop it for use. That came much later in the century and after Davenport had left this mortal coil.
Pamela Blake as his wife and Hobart Cavanaugh as his brother round out the main cast in this very nicely told tale of a forgotten and obscure American hero.
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