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The Passing Parade - Pgm 10

December 6th, 2008

John Nesbitt was well-known as the announcer for MGM's series of theatrical "docu-drama" shorts, "The Passing Parade", that offered up odd and mysterious stories, often with a twist of irony.  Nesbitt was heard from the late 40s to the early 50s on all three radio networks at one time or another with a program that remind of a "Ripley's Believe It or Not" cartoon or later television and radio commentaries by Paul Harvey.  I recently obtained a few discs of a syndicated version of Nesbitt's show, distributed by MGM's radio syndication arm, probably in the late 40s and early 50s.  (In the 1950s, MGM also re-edited Nesbitt's film shorts for distribution on television during the rise of movie studio involvement in tv show production.)

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In program 10 of the series, Nesbitt tells the story of Elizabeth Woodcock, a woman who was caught in a sudden blizzard when she went out horseback riding and was buried alive for five days.  I thought it would be an appropriate show since many parts of the US are getting some snow this time of year.

The program was transferred from an original vinyl MGM radio syndication disc, matrix number MGM JN 1610.  I'll offer up a few of these on occasion from the collection over the coming months.


  • Charles

    Thank you very much, I can’t wait to hear and add more of these to my collection. I love shows like this.

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Excellent stories by Nesbitt,……keep them coming !

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:47 pm
  • Frank Neuhaus

    As a kid growing up in Newark, N. J. I was a huge fan of this show. Today, coming back from my 6mi. daily walk the name of John Nesbitt popped into my mind and I made a mental note to Google Mf. Nesbitt and see what I could find when I returned home. Wow, what a pleasant surprise to not only find Nesbitt info, but also to be able to listen to “the voice of God” again. No disrespect intended to the late great John Facenda of NFL Films fame. Nesbitt showed me once again why I loved his show so much as a kid. My wife listened along with me today and she was instantly hooked as well. I emailed a friend who was a major tv star of the early 60’s telling him to do as I had done and enjoy the shows himself. I love the fact that we can listen to these great programs once again and I can tell all of my friends how to listen for themselves. Mr. Nesbitt was the Paul Harvey of his day, and a teriffic talent. One of the subjects that I remember to this day was his shows about prison breaks. He took an entire week and told many, many great stories on this subject. So thank you again for preserving these wonderful programs for people to enjoy. These are true treasures!

    Frank Neuhaus

    Sep 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm
  • Marybeth Gardam

    How can we see the Passing Parade shows? Rent them? Borrow them? Download them? How is it possible. I too used to watch these fascinating shorts on television when I was just a kid. I really loved them. They were so well done and informative. Please let me know if they are available anywhere… thanks!

    Jun 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm