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The Future Is Now (1955)

This short goes inside government research laboratories to showcase some of the products that will be used in the near future. Some are for general use, such as computerized assembly lines,... See full summary »

Director:

Larry O'Reilly

Writer:

Burton Benjamin

Star:

Dwight Weist
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dwight Weist Dwight Weist ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

This short goes inside government research laboratories to showcase some of the products that will be used in the near future. Some are for general use, such as computerized assembly lines, nuclear energy and solar powered batteries, and industrial uses for television. Others are consumer products, including video telephones, videotape to make instant home movies, irradiated food, and fully automated kitchens. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

RKO-Pathe Specials (1955-1956 season) #1: The Future Is Now See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: In this field corn and other plants are grown under controlled radiation conditions. Corn is irradiated, studied. Atomic corn cross-pollinated with clean corn and the results analyzed. The aim is to develop a bigger, heartier, disease-free strain. It is an important project in the Atoms For Peace program.
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by a music synthesizer
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No, The Present Is Now
15 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

And now it's the past. As the Red Queen remarked, you've got to run as fast as you can to stay where you are. It also helps to believe seven impossible things before breakfast, like believing that breakfast is coming, that nuclear reactors can produce electricity and not just explosions; that silicon gizmos can get power from the sun, the television can be used to educate people, and that someday computers will help run a lot of the world.

Well, four out of five isn't bad -- I didn't have breakfast this morning, alas. It's hard to believe that this primitive-looking movie, that marvels at such commonplaces of today, which include videorecorders, electronic music and making phone calls with pictures -- was considered wacky sixty-four years ago. I was one year old at the time. Look out for the next wacky projection!


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