OLD TIME RADIO - 1 CD - 21 mp3 - Total Playtime: 4:48:04
The Passing Parade was another series of incredible but true stories that thrived on radio. They were told "by your favorite story teller. A man whose voice is familiar to millions of theater goers and radio listeners: John Nesbitt!" And a colorful man he was.
The Passing Parade, a.k.a. John Nesbitt's Passing Parade, was an American radio series created, written, and narrated by John Nesbitt which was adapted into an Oscar-winning series of MGM short subjects. In both media, the series usually focused on strange-but-true historical events, both little-known and famous, as well as figures such as Catherine de' Medici and Nostradamus.
The radio series, developed as an outgrowth of an earlier Nesbitt-produced program (Headlines of the Past), was launched on the NBC network on February 1, 1937, running off and on until 1951 over three different networks and in syndication. Nesbitt's inspiration was a trunk left to him by his father which contained news clippings of odd stories from around the world. Nesbitt, who usually presented his stories without sound effects or music, utilized a research staff of fourteen people in verifying the details of his tales, but wrote the final scripts himself, often within an hour of airtime.
Radio producer/announcer John Doremus later acquired the rights to the series and revived it as a late 1950s-early 1960s syndicated feature, billing his version as "from the files of John Nesbitt." Over 1500 three minute episodes were broadcast.
The series of Passing Parade one-reel short subjects was produced for MGM from 1938 to 1949. Most of the films featured the slow movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 as the opening theme music. The directors included Fred Zinnemann.
The films were reedited for television syndication by MGM in the early 1960s. The shorts in their original form were eventually reaired on Turner Classic Movies
Passing Parade 43-07-13 Landing on Sicily
Passing Parade 43-12-xx Special Story of Christmas Seals
Passing Parade 44-06-06 D-Day Special
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Empire State Crash
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Great Spenders
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Incredible Courage of Common Men
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Jekyll & Hyde
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Johnstown Flood
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Morro Castle Disaster
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Prisoner of the Night
Passing Parade 49-xx-xx Small Incidents
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (09) The Story of Franz Anton Mesmer
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (10) Elizabeth Woodcock
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (17) The story of Typhoid Mary - Par
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (18) The story of Typhoid Mary - Par
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (19) Two Alchemists Who Tried To Cre
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (20) A Woman Who Was In A Coma For N
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (23) Wild Jack Howard
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (24) The Man Who Discovered Troy
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (47) Story Of The Mount Palomar Tele
Passing Parade xx-xx-xx (48) Story Of The Mount Palomar Tele
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