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Return from Nowhere (1944)

Approved | | Short | 28 October 1944 (USA)
A man recovers his lost memories when he is forced to relive events in his dreams.



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The freighter upon which Allan "Blank", a naval seaman, is serving is torpedoed. He survives the incident seemingly both physically and mentally. His service completed, Allan dreams of buying some farmland in California, which he looks at with one of his shipmates, Jack Stuart. However, after a twenty minute absence, Allan returns in an emotional state, looks as if he had been rolling around in some dust, and the money which he was to use to buy the property is missing from his being. He is admitted into the Pacific Rest Home the result of the this confused mental state, which includes now being violent toward Jack. Once Jack tells the doctors what he knows of Allan's story, the doctors use dream therapy to uncover what is buried deep within Allan's memory to discover what led to his mental collapse and what happened to the missing money. Written by Huggo

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28 October 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: Return from Nowhere  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie has a very young Don DeFore (uncredited) before he co-starred with Shirley Booth in the TV show Hazel. See more »


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Lesser Entry from the Series
9 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Return from Nowhere (1944)

** (out of 4)

One of the weaker entries in MGM's Passing Parade series has Morris Ankrum playing a doctor who spends his days treating wounded soldiers who are suffering from memory loss. One soldier can't seem to remember his past but he does remember bits and pieces of dreams so the doctor tries to re-create these dreams so that the soldier can remember who he is. This is one of the most disappointing films I've seen in the John Nesbitt series because in the end it really doesn't get anything done. We're told that this doctor has worked with all sorts of people helping them get their memory back yet we only see the one case here and I can't say it impressed me too much. The experiment had the soldier dreaming of bacon and eggs so the next time he goes to sleep the doctor cooks bacon and eggs in his room. This is just one example of what happens here but in the end it just didn't add up to any sort of entertainment. Fans will notice a young Peter Cushing playing one of the people waking up from their dream but this is just footage lifted from an earlier Passing Parade short called DREAMS (which was also used in another PP short called THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE).

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