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The film opens with a subtitle reading: "Just Imagine what a difference fifty years can make! Take a look at New York in 1880." According to the 26 Nov 1930 Var review, 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. ...

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The film opens with a subtitle reading: "Just Imagine what a difference fifty years can make! Take a look at New York in 1880." According to the 26 Nov 1930 Var review, 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.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Oct 1930
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New York Times
22 Nov 1930
p. 21
Variety
26 Nov 1930
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Mus numbers staged by
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story, Dialogue & Songs
Story, Dialogue & Songs
Story, Dialogue & Songs
Continuity
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Settings
Ralph Hammeras
Settings
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Joseph E. Aiken
Sd rec
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Drinking Song," "The Romance Of Elmer Stremingway," "Never, Never Wed," "There's Something About An Old-Fashioned Girl," "Mothers Ought To Tell Their Daughters," "I Am The Words, You Are The Melody," "Dance Of Victory" and "Never Swat A Fly," words and music by B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
DeSylva, Brown & Henderson's Just Imagine
Release Date:
23 November 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 Nov 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
17 October 1930
LP1696
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black & white with color sequences
gauge
35mm
gauge
70mm (Grandeur)
Duration(in mins):
104
Length(in feet):
10,200
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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.

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Partially Viewed
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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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