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Just Imagine (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Fantasy | Musical  -  23 November 1930 (USA)
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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 ...... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
El Brendel ...
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John Garrick ...
J-21
Marjorie White ...
D-6
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RT-42
Hobart Bosworth ...
Z-4
Kenneth Thomson ...
MT-3
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B-36
Ivan Linow ...
Loko / Boko
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Loo Loo / Boo Boo (as Joyzelle)
Wilfred Lucas ...
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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 Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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mars | stowaway | 1980s | pill | 1930s | See more »

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YOUTH AND LOVE 50 YEARS FROM NOW! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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23 November 1930 (USA)  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

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!
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Featured in Lucifer Rising (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Am the Words) You Are the Melody
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by John Garrick
Reprised by Garrick and offscreen chorus
Later sung by Maureen O'Sullivan
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The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
6 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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