John Nesbitt traces his life and his neighborhood history by the succession of cars his father owned.


(as Cyril Endfield)


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A narrator in 1945 looks back to 1900, when his parents were courting and his dad took mom out in a 1900 Columbus Roadmaster. The narrator follows the family's fortunes on this block in Anytown , USA, as dad and mom marry, have two children, need a larger car, and drive a 1905 Holzman, a Stanley Steamer (bought after the neighbors get a 1910 Mitchell Touring car), a 1913 Model T, big brother's roadster (great for picking up flappers), the narrator's jalopy, and then, by 1935, a reliable sedan that mom drives. The changing automobile, which opened the world to folks in the first half of the twentieth century, is celebrated as part of birth, courtship, marriage, and business. Written by <>

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car | sedan | roadster | jalopy | flapper | See All (32) »


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Release Date:

11 June 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 58: Our Old Car  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Goodbye, Miss Turlock (1948) See more »


Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerps from the second movement played during the opening credits
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A look at Saturday mornings when the world was young...
8 July 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This John Nesbitt documentary for the PASSING PARADE series is a warm-hearted look at America's love for the family automobile.

It begins with the dad of the family purchasing the first car in 1900, a horseless carriage his wife was afraid to step into--a Columbus Roadmaster he bought for $850.

The years pass quickly--a 1905 Holzman, a family car called the Mitchell for a next-door neighbor, in 1910 the Stanley Steamer attracts the neighborhood kids, and then the 1913 Model T Ford.

By the 1930s dad's kid has a jalopy he bought for $45, the ice wagon is now the ice truck and the neighborhood has become the typical busy modern looking residential street lined with autos.

Nice performances from ARTHUR SPACE and JACQUELINE WHITE as ma and pa with BILLY GRAY as a little boy, with graceful narration by John Nesbitt. Well done short is a slice of Americana.

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