Monday, August 11, 2008

That's What I've Spread on My Toast

While President Bush is over in China slapping backsides of bikini-clad athletes and basically making a chimp of himself, let's flash back some 49 years, lest we start to think that politics mixed with shameless commercialism and celebrity are something new.

Here's an interesting old commercial from Good Luck Margarine, in which former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt pitches the stuff in that now-extinct American accent known as "Hyde Park Glenda The Good Witch." Sounds and looks a lot like Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show.

YouTube uploader says she was paid 35K for this :30. Pretty good money, I'd guess, by 1959 standards. As for Good Luck Margarine, I've never heard of it.

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  • Good Jesus! $35K and she reads a cue card like an NFL offensive lineman. When does one sentence end and the next begin?

    And the New Deal sucked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2008 at 9:33 AM  

  • I couldn't figure out why she kept wishing the commercial viewers "Good luck!" until I saw the brand name :P

    Approx. $248,000 in modern money... for that much, ANY margarine tastes good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

  • The voiceover sounds eerily like HAL. "I'm sorry, Elanor, but I'm afraid I can't let you have any toast."

    Perhaps Aunt Bee's vocal resemblance was deliberate...

    By Blogger warren, at August 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM  

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