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Who's Superstitious? (1943)

Approved | | Short | 1 May 1943 (USA)
This short film examines the origins of several superstitions including crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, rabbit's feet, and breaking champagne bottles to christen ships, plus the role of superstitions in the Flying Dutchman tale.

Director:

Sammy Lee

Writers:

Douglas Foster (screenplay), Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau)
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John Nesbitt ... Narrator
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This short examines the origins of several superstitions, including crossing one's fingers when lying and why opening an umbrella inside a building is bad luck. Several minutes are devoted to the legend of the Flying Dutchman sailing ship. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Nesbitt's Passing Parade: Who's Superstitious? See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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More entertaining than the usual "Passing Parade" short...
15 October 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

With Halloween just around the corner, it's no wonder that TCM has decided to haul out this "Passing Parade" short from the James Nesbitt series.

WHO'S SUPERSTITIOUS? covers familiar ground when it comes to superstitious myths but does it in an entertaining way. I was surprised to see DON TAYLOR doing a small role as a sailor (in 1943), since I thought he'd become a contract player at MGM by that time.

Walking under a ladder, a black cat crossing your path, telling a lie and crossing your fingers, knocking on wood and things of that nature are illustrated and explained briefly. Too much time is spent on the story behind the Flying Dutchman and the ship at sea but for a finale there's a good laugh at the way thirteen steps lead to a woman's fall on the steps of her brownstone.

Passes the time pleasantly.


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