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 ...
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A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »
Short documentary presents the case that local schools in poor rural communities of Appalachia must provide an education that will improve people's lives directly such as how to farm correctly and what to plant so that they may eat better.
Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret and must endure the strict orders from his boss. He meets a pretty girl in the park and pretends to be a fancy ambassador but must contend with the jealousy of her fiancé.
This "Theater of Life" series short looks at traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, as described and experienced by Sgt. Charles Reineke, a traffic enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.
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This Theatre of Life series short, produced with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Fire Department, emphasizes fire safety and fire prevention. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the ... 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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