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Unseen Guardians (1939)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 26 August 1939 (USA)
The "unseen guardians" of the title are the Postal Inspection Service, which investigates mail order racketeering; the Underwriters' Laboratories, which are shown testing electrical ... See full summary »

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(as George Sayre), (as Doane Hoag) | 1 more credit »
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The "unseen guardians" of the title are the Postal Inspection Service, which investigates mail order racketeering; the Underwriters' Laboratories, which are shown testing electrical equipment, fire extinguishers, and large floor safes; and those who run orphanages, who assure that the children in their care are placed in proper adoptive homes. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Drama

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26 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 10: Unseen Guardians  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Passing Parade
7 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Unseen Guardians (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Passing Parade short takes a look at three professions people overlook yet these jobs are important to keeping safety. Postal inspectors looking out for fraud, underwriters who test for fire safety and the head of an orphanage who makes sure children go to the right homes. If you're familiar with this series then you know we pretty much just get images with narration by John Nesbitt. I found this entry to be among the best in the series just because these are jobs we all know exist but might not know what goes on with them. I'm sure a documentary today would be more detailed about the subject but it's important to remember when this was made. I found the story involving the postal inspectors to be the most interesting but film buffs would benefit even more by checking out the Bela Lugosi film Postal Inspector.


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