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Daniel L. Haynes,
Nina Mae McKinney,
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. Written by
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Bizarre, corny but enjoyable early sci-fi fantasy talkie
This is quite a bizarre film and full of corny jokes that must have been a howl at the time. It is NYC in 1980 and El Brendel has been revived from a near death experience in 1930. The fantastic futuristic sets for NYC and Mars (yes, Mars the planet) earned an Oscar nom. There are relays of airplane roads above the city, babies are dropped from coin fed machines, and outfits are made reversible for day and evening wear. Premise is simple. All people have numbers, no names. Maureen O'Sullivan and John Garrick want to marry but society makes the matches and he is just not important enough. Finally he decides to travel to Mars and return important enough to marry. Frank Albertson as his sidekick is rather over friendly in a homoerotic way (Frank is quite a looker) and when the Queen of Mars' medicine man starts making eyes at El Brendel, he laughs, "She's not the Queen, HE IS." This is all pre-code and very enjoyable. However did El Brendel get his name - his accent would make him either Yiddish or Norwegian - not an ounce of Spain anyway near him. There are six songs and the whole thing is over before you know it. Fun but quite dated. Worth a look at least from a historical perspective.
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