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Date: 06/09/13 08:32 AM

19 Responses to TV Drama: `Young Man`s Fancy` (1952)

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 8:33 am
    Link: TV Drama: `Young Man`s Fancy` (1952) - Judy catches her man in a world of wonderful electrical appliances.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 9:29 am
    Oh, gawd, that made me squirm! It`s bizarre, because lots of good, believable movies were made before 1952. Why did they have to be so absurdly phoney just to push electricity?
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    June 9, 2013 at 9:38 am
    So wrong.. yet so right lol.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Loved it.
    Back in the day, thanks to electrical appliances, you could land the man of your dreams.

    And now, thanks to electrical appliances, you don`t need a man.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

    LOL @ Gerry`s quip. Hadn`t thought of that, but you make a good point. =^.^=
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    June 9, 2013 at 11:52 am
    This video impressed me for a few reasons.

    (1) I`d often read about how American culture pushed "Rosie the Riveter" back into the kitchen after WW2 with a resurgence of traditional gender roles. Boy, does this video ever demonstrate that. The females here do nothing but clean, wash, and cook--and use their feminine wiles to catch the man.

    (2) It`s been said that to get the most information on a time period, you need to look at the mediocre art, NOT the great art. Where the great art will focus on timeless qualities, the mediocre art tends to focus on trends. This piece really illustrates that, with its focus on food, fashion, daily chores, and slang.

    (3) The video also shows just how different a country this was only 60 years ago. Many Americans watching this on a new TV set still had a coal- or wood-fueled furnace and stove.

    I`d be interested in anyone else`s observations on this little time capsule of a video.
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    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    June 9, 2013 at 11:55 am
    "Why did they have to be so absurdly phoney just to push electricity? "

    You didn`t catch that it was presented by the Edison Electric Institute??
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    June 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    questions; wtf does the mum wear an apron all day? Was this a TV show or a really long ad for buying electrical products? wtf is a hot buscuit? is that like a scone or something? did mr 1950`s have to get a second job to pay for all this new s hit and the massive increase in the powerbill? So teenage girls were stupid vapid bi tches in the 1950`s as well? I gave up watching half way through because the expected giant electric dildo I was anticipating never eventuated....It`s a wonder anyone continued to watch TV if this was the rubbish they played.
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    Britta99 Female 18-29
    35 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Ahhh ... our daily dose of 50`s style propoganda!
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    @ Emmettyville: LOL. Yes, in Episode 2, Judy and Alex have a falling out and Judy discovers another use for Dad`s vibrating electric razor.

    Hot biscuits are yummy by the way. Don`t be a schnookle!
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    June 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    What a loud mouth annoying little twat.
    Just like the girls now days, minus the food making and cleaning.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    June 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    @ Anyone Interested: The title of the drama comes from Tennyson`s "Locksley Hall" (1842). Here`s the passage (apt for this time of year):

    In the Spring a fuller crimson comes upon the robin`s breast;
    In the Spring the wanton lapwing gets himself another crest;

    In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish`d dove;
    In the Spring a young man`s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    @ emmettyville - be quite. You give me the reds!
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    @ Emmettyville: You asked about the hot biscuits. Evidently, a MAJOR reason this video was broadcast was to overcome prejudices people had regarding cooking food with electricity. It was the first time food was being prepared without an actual flame, either from wood or coal, and apparently many people thought food cooked with electricity wouldn`t taste as good--thus the many references to the tasty food in this video. As far as the "hot biscuits" go, the whole idea was that in the time it would take for the young men to shower, you could bake fresh biscuits (thus the "hot"), which was astounding by the standards of the day. With a wood or coal stove, it would take 45 minutes just to heat the oven up to baking temperature. Cue gushing housewife voice: "But with an ELECTRIC stove, there`s almost no waiting at all!"
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    June 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm
    did mr 1950`s have to get a second job to pay for all this new s hit and the massive increase in the powerbill?

    At that time, just about all families were single income, with the father being the sole bread winner, and the mother`s job was to tend the home (That`s why she wears an apron all the time). For a typical middle class family the man was paid enough to support the whole family. Also it was just around this time that credit cards were becoming available, although if I am correct, other forms of credit had been around for a while.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    Also to add to my comment below, I am pretty sure that people in the 50`s had more disposable income than we do today. Taxes were much lower, health care was reasonable (for what it was then), Utilities were less expensive and possibly not taxed, there were no cable, cell phone and internet bills. We have so many more ways to waste money, and many more taxes, fees etc. to eat away at our disposable income.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    June 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    So teenage girls were stupid vapid bi tches in the 1950`s as well?

    I`m pretty sure this has been the case since the beginning of time.
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    New_Guy Male 30-39
    406 posts
    June 10, 2013 at 5:13 am
    I call product place ment
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    What is this crap, Alternating current in an Edison film. Traiters.

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