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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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Trivia

Hearing that people fly "Rosenbergs" and "Goldbaums" instead of driving cars, Single-O (El Brendel) comments that someone got revenge on Henry Ford, a jab at the famed car manufacturer's well-known rabid anti-Semitism. See more »

Quotes

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

The Drinking Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by John Garrick and the Chorus Men
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Think Fritz Lang's Metropolis as a musical comedy
25 April 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

I finally got to see the film that haunted me since childhood. For years I saw stills from what I was told was a lost film and was amazed at the huge scale of the sets that rivaled what Fritz Lang had done with Metropolis. They were amazing and awe inspiring.

I wish I could say the same about the whole movie.

Made in the early days of sound this movie is terribly dated. The music seems to be only used during the musical numbers and the jokes seem to be a step above okay vaudeville. Its not bad, its just not good, or good consistently.

The plot has a world where everyone is a number some fifty years in the future (ie. 1980). In connected plot lines a man from 1930 is brought back to life and his antics form a ind of comic relief. Meanwhile a young man, unable to win the hand of his lady love ends up going to Mars. Its all a bit madcap and silly.

The amazing thing is how much of this has been stolen from over the years with films like Queen of Outer Space and Sleeper seeming to have pulled off bits of plot for their own.

Is it worth seeing? Yes. The sets are amazing, even today. The problem is that the rest is hit or miss and the film now is little more than a curio and entry in film history.


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