Wednesday, April 25, 2007

retro


Why doesn't the housewife command "Roll-Oh" to crush the annoying salesman? That's what I would have done.

And where can I obtain my very own house-robot to answer the door and fetch people's hats?


*video originally posted by roborama

**I was pretty amazed at the truly nasty sexism in the beginning (!)

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9 Comments:

Blogger Cap'n Rich said...

I was shocked by the dirty sexism throughout.

3:55 AM  
Blogger ? said...

Hey! they let that little black child take a drink..there's hope yet

9:52 AM  
Blogger Professor Pyramid said...

Yeah, good thing a rob't can see "solid" things...like his head.

As a linguistics major, I'm interested in the date and location of filming, so that I know what dialect it is where "robot" is pronounced with a schwa.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Comfort Addict said...

Interesting. I'll bet that my dogs would like that automatics feeding robot although the Dalmatian mix would probably figure out how to re-program it.

I'm not surprised by the sexism. Considering that the film was made in 1940, I guess that I would have been more surprised had it not been there.

By the way, my dad worked for Jam Handy in the early 60s. He made lots of training films and, on occasion, filmstrips for schools. I'll never forget the day we saw one of them in class. I was beaming with pride.

8:39 PM  
Blogger King Pao Fu said...

This has nothing to do with the video, but I wanted to further discuss question: ninja vs. pirate? Instead of ninja vs. pirate, how about ninja PLUS pirate. These "ninjirates" could form a crack team of assassins, conquering both land and sea. Do not release the idea to Republicans or the neo-con cabal.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

And just think, in all this time all they have produced is a vacuum cleaner robot. That's dirty sexism for ya.

6:47 PM  
Blogger the frog princess said...

Hey! I'm back from my honeymoon ... how's your foot doing? Call me!

12:31 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

Why, that dame doesn't know the slightest thing about asynchronous heterodynes! And Roll-Oh doesn't roll at all. What gives?!

Oh these visions of the future...

4:53 PM  
Blogger L said...

cap'n rich: heh heh. I bet

?: yeah, Jim Crow Laws really weren't all that long ago.... scary

professor: hmm.... wouldn't be able to tell you, unfortunately -- although it seems it's from the mid forties

comfort addict: it's funny how clunky the robot was though... that's cool that your dad did that -- did your family save any of the films?

king pao fu: BRIAN!!! NO MORE NINJAS VERSUS PIRATES!!!!!!!! Seriously, I may have to kill someone. :)

Leo: I need a vacuum cleaner robot!

frog princess: hey! hope you had lots of fun and sex and all that. I'll give you a call tomorrow! we need to hang out. leg is still gimpy :(

glomgold: I know! I could only laugh in utter disbelief

11:52 PM  

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