Just Imagine (1930)

104m (released version), 113m (copyrighted version), 3108.96 metres (12 reels)
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by David Butler.

Plot Summary

In 1980 New York scientists revive a man who was struck by lightning in 1930 and who fell into a coma. Renamed Single O, he takes part in a mission to where he and his companions find a society of women.


Director: David Butler
Copyright 1930 Fox Film Corporation
Fox Film Corporation
Producers: Brown [real name: Lew Brown], De Sylva [real name: Buddy G. DeSylva], Henderson [real name: Ray Henderson]
Story and Dialogue: De Sylva [real name: Buddy G. DeSylva], Brown [real name: Lew Brown], Henderson [real name: Ray Henderson]
Assistant Director: Ad Schaumer
Continuity: David Butler
Photographed by: Ernest Palmer
Editor: Irene Morra
Musical Director: Arthur Kay
Sound Recordist: Joseph E. Aiken
Western Electric System
Costume Designers: Alice O'Neil, Dolly Tree
Settings: Stephen Goosson, Ralph Hammeras
Musical Numbers Staged by: Seymour Felix
Locations: Arcadia, California, USA

El Brendel (Single O)
Maureen O'Sullivan (LN-18)
John Garrick (J-21)
Marjorie White (D-6)
Frank Albertson (RT-42)
Hobart Bosworth (Z-4)
Kenneth Thomson (MT-3)
Mischa Auer (B-36)
Ivan Linow (Loko/Boko)
Joyzelle [real name: Joyzelle Joyner] (Loo Loo/Boo Boo)
Wilfred Lucas (X-10)

Alternative Titles

Una fantasía del porvenir – Spain
Sensationer 1980 – Denmark

Extracts included in
E.T. and Friends: Magical Movie Visitors (1982)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
Future Fantastic: The Incredible Shrinking Planet (1996)
Lucifer Rising (1972)



  • The New York Times: Amusements Section 22 November 1930 p.23 – review (The Screen: A Trip to Mars by Mordaunt Hall)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.83 – illustrated credits, review
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.95-96 – illustrated credits, review
  • Down from the Attic: Rare Thrillers of the Silent Era through the 1950s by John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella pp.125-138 – illustrated credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.209
  • Matinee Melodrama: Playing With Formula in the Sound Serial by Scott Higgins p.127
  • Omni's Screen Flights/Screen Fantasies: According to Science Fiction Cinema – article (The Demi-Docs: Just Imagine and Things to Come by Fredrik Pohl)
  • by Walt Lee p.238 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow pp.326-327
  • Thrills Untapped: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films 1928-1936 pp.
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.156