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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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One of the weirdest movies of the 1930s, this sci-fi musical is set in 1980 and includes a trip to Mars as well as moderne sets, clothing, and vehicles. This film is an explosion of creaky production numbers and vaudeville set pieces (starring the famous fake Swede of the era--El Brendel). Along for the ride are Maureen O'Sullivan (she sings!), Frank Albertson, and John Garrick. The real gem here, however, is the wonderful Marjorie White, a pudgy dynamo who reminds me of Bette Midler. Tragically, White was killed in a car crash in 1934. Brendel is funny, White is a whirlwind of talent, O'Sullivan is lovely, BUT this whole does not equal its parts. Best line in the film is when Brendel spies the Queen of Mars but then points to her mincing minion and states, "She's not the queen ... HE is."
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