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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Maureen O'Sullivan (LN-18) met her future husband John Farrow during the making of the film. See more »

Quotes

Census Taker: Don't criticize this marriage law. It, like the Volstead Act, is a noble experiment!
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Connections

Referenced in Reading the Book of the Senseless (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Mothers Ought to Tell Their Daughters
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
(Includes "Never, Never Wed", often taken as a separate song)
Performed by Marjorie White (piano and vocal)
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I want this movie on my shelf
27 December 2006 | by wfgwilliamsSee all my reviews

I want Fox to do what they can to make a good restoration to the print of this film, clean up the sound, and release it on DVD so I can buy it and watch it whenever I want to.

This movie is incredibly bad, but it is just oh-so entertaining to watch.

It was shown on TV Ontario as part of a 'guilty pleasures' theme in 1980. It is the kind of movie you're not supposed to like but I liked it anyway. I would like to see it again. I would like to be able to show it to people who haven't seen it yet.

I mentioned to another person that I would like to see this out on DVD. He said, "If that happens then only you and I will have copies of it." I think how well a DVD of this would sell would depend to a very large extent on how it was promoted.


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