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"The Immortal Blacksmith," a 1944 MGM short in "John Nesbitt's Passing Parade" series

John Nesbitt's Academy Award winning "Passing Parade" series focused on strange-but-true historical events, both little-known and famous. "The Immortal Blacksmith," featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Chill Wills and director Sammy Lee, tells the true story of Vermont blacksmith and inventor Tom Davenport, who lived the first half of the 19th century. He purchased an electro-magnet and, according to this tale, eventually invented the modern electric motor. From IMDb