Hollywood’s First Sci Fi Musical, Just Imagine (1930) Is Rediscovered – Huffington Post

Huffington Post –August 2012

Hot off the heels of 1927’s Metropolis, a masterpiece of German expressionist filmmaking, and one of the silent movie era’s greatest achievements, Hollywood sought to cash in on a futuristic blockbuster of its own, with a curious twist. The result was the first science fiction talkie feature, 1930’s Just Imagine, a pre-Busby Berkeley musical comedy blockbuster set in the distant world of 1980.

With rare and unusual exceptions (Rocky Horror Picture ShowYoung Frankenstein), the science fiction musical comedy as a film genre, never really took off — but if it ever truly does, Just Imagine can be credited as its forefather.



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