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Just Imagine (1930)

The 1930 film Just Imagine depicts the futuristic world of 1980. With flying cars, food pills, and a totalitarian government the world is orderly but not much fun.

This scene depicts the meal of the future. The prohibition reference is particularly funny.

Many thanks to Amy Macnamara for this paleo-futuristic classic that hasn't yet been released on VHS or DVD.

See also:
That Synthetic Food of the Future (Ogden Standard-Examiner, 1926)
Food of the Future (Indiana Progress, 1896)

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Reader Comments (12)

But wait, that's exactly how 1980 was like. Everyone wore suits and fedoras and were popping pills instead of eating food.

Well, I'm sure some people were. But I think they were probably businessmen with a drug problem?

July 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergillian

If he was going to do that stupid pose and say "I dunno boys, just gimme the good old days" every time, they should have sent him back.

July 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's such a great movie! I love El Brendel and actually think he's funny! Any clip of this movie brightens up my day -- I'll be hitting this at work later (so bad.)

July 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Macnamara

Gosh, is there any place I can see the full version of that film?

July 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdigger

I saw bits & pieces of this film, I think, on TMC...apparenty there was also a character whose name was "MP3"...
Also there was a musical part at a club where a dude & some Flapper chick were singing some super-PETA-friendly song about how wrong it was to kill a fly because it may have a boyfriend/girlfriend fly...that they love to "Make HOW" with..hoo boy.

July 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Wow. I can't find this film on netflix. It's old enough that it might be public domain now. I would check for it.
It looks really entertaining.

July 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdeltasleep

This is a great and silly film - the first all talking, all singing science fiction movie.

You'll see props and sets that later turned up in other films, including the Flash Gordon serials - his rocket was built for "Just Imagine".

Although it's never been released by a studio, DVDs turn up regularly on eBay.

July 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWebomator

This great novelty film has been shown on AMC. A friend actually taped it for us. Alas, there is no practical way for us to post it...


January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Regarding the Prohibition jokes, keep in mind that (like in The Fifth Element) they were actually riffing current society - in this case, the constant rumor that a lightening of Prohibition restrictions was just around the corner.

March 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOdon

And note that all the cars were given Jewish names because Henry Ford was a prominent anti-Semite (and a big supporter of the Nazis later on).

Pretty bold for back then. They even threw in an anti-gay joke.

October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had some visual memories of having seen that movie on TV whan I was a kid but had no idea of the name. Sometimes I thought it was some weired memory I created. But finally here it is! Thanks to your blog. Great find!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSonny

Two thumbs up. It is awesome. Timeless. Thanks for the uploads.It is good to see some old films. Some of them are better than most of films that are shown nowadays.

Steve Kerr

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Kerr

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