Orson Welles, on break from filming Othello, relates a tale he heard one spooky Irish midnight not so long ago when, driving through the countryside, he picked up a man with car trouble who told of a strange encounter with two hitchhikers.
A Traveltalks look at California focusing on the greater L.A. area. After wildflower-covered hills and valleys, there are some famous buildings in Hollywood, the Farmers Market, and churches and art at Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Modern meteorology and a hard-working government weather team put their science and organization to work as a cold front moves from Alaska toward the citrus groves of Southern California. ... See full summary »
The remarkable talents of baseball pitcher and trick artist Johnny Price are showcased including throwing two balls at once to two catchers, pitching blindfolded, throwing and hitting hanging upside down, and fielding fungoes in a jeep.
Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be ... See full summary »
We watch the life of a Coast Guard dog, from the dog's point of view, from induction to graduation and then into a jungle to hunt for an enemy sniper. To pass muster, dogs must be of a ... See full summary »
A young man follows a pretty girl into her office, which turns out to be a musical dentist office. Cute chorus girls attend to the many male customers, and the girl the young man was ... See full summary »
Mary Jo Mathews,
A prisoner with a good singing voice escapes, only to grow jealous when an opera singer who looks like him is delivered back to the prison and receives attention, especially from Ann, the warden's daughter who leads the prison glee club.
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
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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