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Just Imagine (1930)
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11.13.09

Just Imagine (1930) New york, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ... well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930; he is rechristened "Single O". He is befriended by J-21, who can't marry the girl of his dreams because he isn't "distinguished" enough -- until he is chosen for a 4-month expedition to Mars by a renegade scientist. The Mars J-21, his friend, and stowaway Single O visit is full of scantily clad women doing Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers and worshiping a fat middle-aged man.

Movie Tagline:
YOUTH AND LOVE 50 YEARS FROM NOW! (original print ad

Title: Just Imagine
Release Date: November 23, 1930
Runtime: 109 mins
Genre: Musical
All Genres: Musical, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Brimstone Pit Rating: 6.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With J

MPAA Rating: TV-G

Director(s):
David Butler

Cast:
El Brendel ...Single O
Maureen O'Sullivan ...LN-18
John Garrick ...J-21
Marjorie White ...D-6
Frank Albertson ...RT-42
Hobart Bosworth ...Z-4
Kenneth Thomson ...MT-3
Mischa Auer ...B-36
Ivan Linow ...Loko / Boko
Joyzelle Joyner ...Loo Loo / Boo Boo (as Joyzelle)
Wilfred Lucas ...X-10
Charles Alexandra ...Chorus Man
Kenneth Allen ...Chorus Man
Nathan Barrager ...Chorus Man
Jack Barrett ...Chorus Man
Peggy Beck ...Ensemble Lady
Lorraine Bond ...Ensemble Lady
William Brandt ...Chorus Man
Kathryn Brown ...Ensemble Lady
Raymonda Brown ...Ensemble Lady
Edna Callahan ...Ensemble Lady
Mary Carlton ...Ensemble Lady
Mary Carr ...Ensemble Lady
Heinie Conklin ...Drunk in 1880 Sequence
Enrico Cuccinelli ...Chorus Man
Peggy Cunningham ...Ensemble Lady
Sidney De Gray ...AK-44
Janet De Vine ...Ensemble Lady
Theo De Voe ...Ensemble Lady
Jane Dunlap ...Ensemble Lady

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Lew Brown
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson

Writer(s):
Buddy G. DeSylva
Lew Brown
Ray Henderson
David Butler

Composer(s):
Hugo Friedhofer

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"(There's Something About) An Old-Fashioned Girl"
"Mothers Ought to Tell Their Daughters"
"You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline"
"(I Am the Words) You Are the Melody"
"The Drinking Song"
"Never Swat a Fly"
"The Romance of Elmer Stremingway"

More Movie Taglines:
  • YOUTH AND LOVE 50 YEARS FROM NOW! (original print ad
  • all caps)
  • Come today...soar on wings of fancy to the magic days of tomorrow's existence...see life, love in 1980---find out what your grandchildren are going to do!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Single O: Boys, I vouldn't know de old town! Vere is all de automobiles? RT-42: [pointing skyward] Oh, they're in the upper level. J-21: Hardly anyone drives a car now. They all use planes. Single O: Is dat so? RT-42: Yeah, I drive a Rosenblatt. J flies a Pinkus for his personal use, but all the airliners are Goldfarbs. Single O: Goldfarb! [laughs uproariously] Single O: It looks like someone got even with Henry Ford!
  • Single O: [upon meeting Looloo, then Loko] She's not the queen - *he* is!
Movie Trivia:
  • Hearing that people fly "Rosenbergs" and "Goldbaums" instead of driving cars, Single-O comments that someone got revenge on 'Henry Ford' - a jab at the famed auto maker's well-known rabid anti-Semitism (now all but forgotten).
  • First science fiction film made as a talkie, also as a musical.
  • Images from this film, showing the elaborate model of a futuristic New York skyscape, are often mistakenly identified as scenes from Metropolis (1927).
  • The name of the character "Single-O" is a joke on his out-of-place status in the future world: "single-o" is an outdated term for a circus sideshow featuring a single person or object (as distinguished from the "ten-in-one" revolving show).
  • The spaceship became Dr. Zarkov's rocket in the Flash Gordon serial. Footage of the dance number featuring and idol was used in the serial as entertainment for Ming.
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