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Annie Was a Wonder (1949)

Passed | | Short | 29 January 1949 (USA)
In this entry in the Passing Parade series, narrator John Nesbitt tells the story of Annie Swenson, who worked as a cook/housekeeper in the Nesbitt home when he was growing up. Annie was ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writer:

John Nesbitt
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Freeman ... Annie Swenson
Howard Negley ... Mr. Nesbitt (as Howard J. Negley)
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Mrs. Nesbitt
Sven Hugo Borg ... Gus (as Hugo-Sven Borg)
John Nesbitt ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

In this entry in the Passing Parade series, narrator John Nesbitt tells the story of Annie Swenson, who worked as a cook/housekeeper in the Nesbitt home when he was growing up. Annie was one of thousands of Scandinavian immigrant girls who came to America in the early years of the 20th century in search of a better life. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: Annie Was a Wonder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included on the 2005 Warner DVD of The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: We take this story from a time now gone from the American passing parade forever, the day of the hired girl. Before the First World War, 45,000 lonely immigrant girls arrived each year. Their wages were fifteen dollars a month. They worked 84 hours a week, 14 hours a day. Whatever their names, Bridgette or Herta or Mary or Helga, they were, in a way, the last wave of pioneers seeking a new world. Our first one was Annie Swenson, from Vallborg, Sweden. We'd never had a servant ...
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Connections

Follows My Old Town (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts from the second movement played during the opening credits
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Annie Was A Wonder.
17 April 2005 | by nycriticSee all my reviews

One of the many one reel films that Turner Classic Movies is prone to show in between full-length films, ANNIE WAS A WONDER is one of the many shorts narrated by John Nesbitt featuring the film debut of Kathleen Freeman, best known for her much later movie and TV career even though she acted all throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She plays Swedish immigrant Annie Svenson who comes to the US and works a maid for an affluent family, and slowly forges a life of her own while retaining her own identity as a person. This is a simple production which manages to convey a cute clash of a foreign culture with Americana with essentially apt performances.


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