Part of MGM's John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, this 1943 entry looks at how three inventions are making a major contribution to the U.S. war effort. The first is the invention of ... See full summary »
Part of MGM's John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, this 1943 entry looks at how three inventions are making a major contribution to the U.S. war effort. The first is the invention of celluloid when the makers of cue balls used in billiards issued a call for a replacement for the ivory they had been using up to time. This led to the widespread use of plastics. The second is French researcher Edouard Benedictus' discovery that the use of a thin coat of collodion would allow for the development of safety glass. The last if the use of spider's silk in military sights such as submarine periscopes and artillery range finders. Written by
Third film in a series of "trigles" shorts from MGM and their Passing Parade. This time we get three more stories that involve items that were being used in the war. The first story tells us how after the Civil War when it was harder to get ivory from Africa, a cue ball company opened a contest to see what they could use to make an effective ball. The second story deals with a car wreck victim whose wife had shattered glass in her face. The scientist, thanks to a strange twist, invited how to make shatter-proof glass. The final story takes a look at a spider and how its web is so important to winning the war. All three stories are pretty good and will certainly keep one entertained through the short 9-minutes. These Passing Parade entries were always good for teaching us about bits of history that we might not know about all these stories are nice additions. As usual, the narration by John Nesbitt is very good and certainly helps bring you into the stories.
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