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Gravity (1976)

In this spoof of public-school educational films, young Mary Jane asks the question, "What is gravity?" After asking various (dysfunctional) family members without success, she then asks Dr... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Stacy ... Mary Jane
David Frishberg David Frishberg ... Father / Jiminy Gravity (voice) (as Dave Frishberg)
Mitzi McCall ... Mother
Arica Reinhardt Arica Reinhardt ... Big Sister
Keith M. Cutler Keith M. Cutler ... Boy Friend
Lillian Wechter Lillian Wechter ... Great Grandma
Ed Bloom Ed Bloom ... Dr. Thornton Waxman
Jerry List Jerry List ... Yo-Yo Scientist #1
Claude Baxter Claude Baxter ... Yo-Yo Scientist #2
Sid Cohen Sid Cohen ... Egg Scientist
Jerome Wechter Jerome Wechter ... Upside-Down Scientist
Norm Cutler Norm Cutler ... Outdoor Scientist #1
Jack Blum Jack Blum ... Outdoor Scientist #2
Konrad Schloss Konrad Schloss ... Outdoor Scientist #3
John Schwartz John Schwartz ... Clipboard Scientist


In this spoof of public-school educational films, young Mary Jane asks the question, "What is gravity?" After asking various (dysfunctional) family members without success, she then asks Dr. Waxman of the Karl LaFong Foundation for Gravitational Research (motto: "heads in the clouds and feet on the ground"), who explains that gravity is caused by a substance named GR12. Unfortunately, the world is running out of GR12. The cartoon character Jiminy Gravity then explains (in song) how we can conserve gravity with such practices as sitting on the floor and carrying helium balloons. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy


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Initial prints of this short film featured a scrolling cast list which credited performers Michelle Stacy as Mary Jane and Mitzi McCall as Mother. Later prints presented the cast in two still screens, with Mary Jane credited as "Herself" and Mother credited to "Lil Cocker." Most likely this was due to both actresses being members of SAG and the short's non-union status. See more »


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The Jiminy Gravity Song
Written and Arranged by David Wechter
Sung by David Frishberg
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A hysterical spoof of stale B&W educational films.
18 December 2001 | by kevin-303See all my reviews

This film is an audience favorite at the Ohio Science Fiction marathons in Columbus, Ohio. I've seen it dozens of times, and it is one of the more clever spoofs around. I've heard from a friend that it has been shown on late-night movie shows, but it is the edited version. It is especially worth seeing the UNedited version, which includes the infamous "Big Sister" scene.

Kudos to the Drexel Theaters in Columbus for digging up this forgotten classic and keeping it alive at movie marathons every year.

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