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Willie and the Mouse (1941)

Approved  |   |  Short  |  17 May 1941 (USA)
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Release Date:

17 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 23: Willie and the Mouse  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Grandpa Called It Art (1944) See more »


Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts from second movement played during the opening credits
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How exeriments with mice helped educators learn about child behavior...
12 April 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A rather tame, boring short subject from John Nesbitt's "Passing Parade" purports to show how the behavior of mice can be studied in relation to the interaction of school children. It begins with a 1910 schoolhouse scene to show old-fashioned teaching methods and soon reverts to the '40s to show what a difference there is between today's manner of instruction with the knowledge that "all children do not learn in the same way"--tracing the new knowledge to experiments made with white mice who are rewarded for finding food by finding their way through a maze.

There's even the suggestion that an inferiority complex can develop when one of the mice realizes that he's going to lose the competition for the third time and stays within his confines. It's an interesting theory and it's sufficiently developed within the short running time of this short.

Should appeal to anyone in the psychiatric or educational field, but not likely to impress anyone else sufficiently. Directed by George Sidney, who later became one of MGM's workmanlike directors of film musicals like "Show Boat".

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