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
An MGM JOHN NESBITT'S PASSING PARADE Short Subject
Many of our most cherished recollections center around OUR OLD CAR.
This backward glance at the various automobiles owned by a typical American family and their neighborhood friends during the first forty-six years of the 20th Century is pure nostalgic delight. The gentle humor and traditional values which underlay the narrative reflect a time now gone forever.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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