Just Imagine


1h 42m 1930

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 23, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10,200ft (12 reels)

Synopsis

Following a prologue recalling the customs and appearance of New York in 1880, the action flashes forward to 1980: At this time, if there are two or more suitors for a girl's hand, the matter is settled by a marriage tribunal. Thus, J--21, a young aviator, has been ruled against by the tribunal in favor of RT--42, a wealthier and more distinguished rival, but he is given a four-month period in which to strengthen his image. He is losing ground when offered the chance to pilot a rocketship to Mars, accompanied by RT--42. Single 0, who was killed by lightning in 1930 and revived by scientists 50 years later, is unable to adjust to the many changes in the world during the interval, and stows away on the ship. After many amusing incidents on Mars, J--21 returns to Earth just in time to present his appeal and reverse the verdict.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 23, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10,200ft (12 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1930

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to the review in Variety (26 November 1930), the song "Never Swat a Fly" was eliminated from the film, at least for the New York presentation. Art directors Stephen Goosson and Ralph Hammeras were nominated for an Academy Award.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1930

Released in United States March 1975

Released in United States 1930

Released in United States March 1975 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Science Fiction Movie Marathon - Excerpts shown) March 13-26, 1975.)