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


(as Cyril Endfield)


(original story), (screenplay)


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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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Follows American Spoken Here (1940) 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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Nice Short
23 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Our Old Car (1946)

*** (out of 4)

Nostalgia trip is the key to this John Nesbitt entry in his Passing Parade series. This time out Nesbitt talks about all the automobiles that have been in his family from his father's first, to his first and up to current times. This series has always been great at taking a look at previous times and making one fond those times. This time out the subject is automobiles and this leads to some wonderfully funny moments including the scene where his mother is too afraid to get into a car for the first time. Another funny sequence is John's first car, which was junk, but he made it up to look like a circus car. The narration is spot on from start to finish and really adds a great touch to the story. Well worth checking out when it comes up on Turner Classic Movies.

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