'Is This Love' is a 1950s educational short about how to
make a bad soap opera
know you're ready for love. Apparently.
The film follows the emotional travails of Peggy, a college student with only a year left before graduation. Unfortunately, she has fallen in love with hunky football guy Joe, and she wants to drop out of college to marry. Peggy's roommate Liz is not too keen on the idea, suggesting that they're moving too fast and haven't thought through all the problems they might face, but Peggy's feelings will not be denied. Throughout the short, Liz and her boyfriend Andy are set up as a counterpoint to Peggy's emotional rush, taking their own relationship nice and slow (as is heavily implied to be the "correct" course).
In the end, in the face of overwhelming pressure from Peggy's parents and from Liz, Peggy and Joe elope. Unusually for films of this vintage, despite the fact that the film clearly sets up the young couple as heading for trouble, we never see Peggy either realizing the error of her ways nor coming face to face with the consequences of her brash actions
; the story ends with Joe and Peggy visiting a Justice Of The Peace, and ultimately resolves nothing
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here
The short provides the following tropes: