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Film: Century 21 Calling

Century 21 Calling is a 1962 stealth advertisement for telephone technology (in this vein, much like Once Upon A Honeymoon). It aired as a short feature with Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 906, The Space Children.

It was directed by Jerry Fairbanks and features ample footage of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

Tropes:

  • Chewing the Scenery: The two...teenagers mincing about the fair, nearly bowling people over.
  • Mighty Whitey: Heavily implied by the short, as the two teens treat various ethnic persons at the Fair like dolls.
    • Perhaps justified, as it was the World's Fair, and those people were there as live demonstrations of their cultures, including their clothing and accessories.
  • Landmark of Lore: The then-new Space Needle, Monorail and what is now the Pacific Science Center.
  • Society Marches On: And on and on and on.
  • Tech Marches On: The prototype smart-house technology that turned the heat and lights on for you when you signaled it ahead of your arrival...from a pay phone.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Only a handful of buildings still exist from the time, and the skyline as shown from the monorail is radically different now.
  • The Voiceless: The two main characters never speak.
  • Zeerust: Zig-zagged; a number of the then-new advances have become ubiquitous. Other uses (such as phoning the house in order to start the oven) have been found too fanciful.
    • On the other hand, these days you can email your home printer and tell it to start churning stuff out, which is the same thing in a different room.

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alternative title(s): Century 21 Calling
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