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Our Old Car (1946)

John Nesbitt traces his life and his neighborhood history by the succession of cars his father owned.

Director:

Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield)

Writers:

John Nesbitt (original story), John Nesbitt (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
John Nesbitt ... Narrator
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Storyline

A narrator in 1945 looks back to 1900, when his parents were courting and his dad took mom out in a 1900 Columbus Roadmaster. The narrator follows the family's fortunes on this block in Anytown , USA, as dad and mom marry, have two children, need a larger car, and drive a 1905 Holzman, a Stanley Steamer (bought after the neighbors get a 1910 Mitchell Touring car), a 1913 Model T, big brother's roadster (great for picking up flappers), the narrator's jalopy, and then, by 1935, a reliable sedan that mom drives. The changing automobile, which opened the world to folks in the first half of the twentieth century, is celebrated as part of birth, courtship, marriage, and business. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 58: Our Old Car See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows Hobbies (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerps from the second movement played during the opening credits
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"We kept it in the stable and called it Belinda."
16 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

John Nesbitt's "The Passing Parade" considers the parade of automobiles in a family on a quiet residential street, over about 45 years, with the cop on the beat replaced by his own son.

It's a sentimental short -- all of the series are, when it comes to that -- which celebrates America's love affair with the automobile. It also appeals to the post-war audience; production of automobiles for civilian use was in abeyance 'for the duration', and Americans had to make do with pre-War models and go easy on the tires (rubber was rationed and you better not own more than four tires) and mileage (Is this trip necessary? With an A sticker, you could buy four gallons of gas a week, and if you got 10 MPG, you were doing well). With cars going back into production, with wartime rationing vanishing, and no need to buy those war bonds.... well, perhaps it was time to think fondly about the old horseless carriage!


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