Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Just Imagine was a humorous movie musical presented by Fox Films in 1930 directed by David Butler, to console the audience distressed by the Great Depression. This is because it was set in 1980; and it showed the conventional expectations of progress having been achieved by that date. A large hangar was used to build a detailed, large-scale model of a modern city, complete with bridges between shyscrapers and model flying machines flitting around above the city as another level of traffic.
In this story, a man from the times of the audience gets trapped by a natural occurrence of suspended animation and awakens in the future. He also gets to go to Mars, inhabited by both friendly humans and their evil twins.
But the show is fully set in its time of production. The man is played by El Brendel , an ethnic vaudeville commedian of a forgotten type: the Swedish immigrant. Prohibition still lingers. Henry Ford's anti-semitism is smiled at in that the names of the car manufacturers of the age are all Jewish. Instead of the sexual revolution, marriage partners are allotted by machine.
The film was an expensive flop and as a result major studios would not back another big budget Science fiction film until 1956.
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