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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 ...... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (story & dialogue) (as De Sylva), Lew Brown (story & dialogue) (as Brown) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

DeSylva, Brown & Henderson's Just Imagine See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Of the film's credited cast members, only Maureen O'Sullivan (LN-18) and Joyzelle Joyner (Loo Loo / Boo Boo) were still alive during the actual 1980. O'Sullivan died on June 23, 1998 whereas Joyner died on November 30, 1980, coincidentally only one week after the 50th anniversary of the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Census Taker: Don't criticize this marriage law. It, like the Volstead Act, is a noble experiment!
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) 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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ambitious mishmash
19 September 2003 | by blcrumpackerSee all my reviews

This movie is now running on cable. It is an ambitious mishmash of Flash Gordon, Yiddish vaudeville, and Busby Berkeley musical, superimposed on a lame "romance thwarted" story structure. The acting is stilted or too stagey. The sound and cinematography are crude even by 1930 standards. By comparison, the production standards in Harold Lloyd's silent movies sparkle. The movie ends in a courtroom, just like many idiotic movies of today. Don't let this discourage you, though. There are some snappy one liners. It's fun seeing Maureen O'Sullivan years before her nude swimming sequence in the Tarzan movie; and Mischa is good as an astronomer. He will appear five years later in "My Man Godfrey" as the protege of Carol Lombard's mother. And the "vintage future" sets, swoopy modern clothes, mutant Martians, and personal hovercraft with twin boom tails resembling P-38s are wonderful. This movie is funny and not preachy, while "Things To Come" is the opposite. BC


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