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The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 1939 (USA)
The Middleton family visits the 1939 New York World's Fair and witnesses the advent of the future, encountering robots and dishwashers for the first time.


Robert R. Snody


Reed Drummond (story), G.R. Hunter (story) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Marjorie Lord ... Babs
Jimmy Lydon ... Bud (as James Lydon)
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Mother
Harry Shannon ... Father
Adora Andrews Adora Andrews ... Grandma
Douglas Stark Douglas Stark ... Jim Treadway
George J. Lewis ... Nicholas Makaroff
Georgette Harvey Georgette Harvey ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Bennett Helen Bennett
Ray Perkins Ray Perkins


The Middleton family visits the 1939 New York World's Fair and witnesses the advent of the future, encountering robots and dishwashers for the first time.

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1939 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)


Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paid for by Westinghouse, it's a promotional effort for that company and its exhibit at the New York World's Fair of 1939. See more »


Featured in The World of Tomorrow (1984) See more »

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A Look Back In History
21 December 2001 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

The movie was written to take advantage of the 1939 World's Fair. World's Fairs were a real staple earlier in the 20th century. Even in our current climate of so many needs for programs we are still missing out by no longer having a "world" fair. This movie gives you a chance to see what people thought was coming (and the dishwasher did indeed come). Without a doubt this is a propaganda tool for the wonders of capitalism. And it does a pretty good job too. There is a story that deals with a family visiting the fair. Dad wants to show his young son that there is indeed a bright future ahead of him, that not everything has been discovered. The daughter is in college and is being wooed by her art teacher who is an adamant socialist. The daughter's former boyfriend still loves her. And tying it all together is grandma. And she is the real treat in this movie. She talks about the past (if anyone wants the good old days they can have mine") and she is ready for the future. She is also very aware of what is going on with her granddaughter and how to handle that situation (which she does in a very clever way). All in all, a look back at true history and an entertaining movie (thanks to grandma) as well.

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