Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Trail of the Rocket," a 1951 Oldsmobile television infomercial

Remember the good old days, when General Motors was the envy of corporate America, Alfred P. Sloan was more than just the name of a business school, and auto executives didn’t have to worry about being harassed by filmmaker Michael Moore? Singers Lucille and Johnny remember those days, as broadcast in this beautiful 1951 Oldsmobile television infomercial called “Trail of the Rocket.”

Watch Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 on YouTube

The plot: Lucille and Johnny, whose radio show is sponsored by Oldsmobile, are invited to visit an auto plant in Lansing, Michigan, to see where Olds builds its famous Rocket engine. While touring the factory, Johnny becomes concerned that another visitor is a Martian spy whose mission is to subvert Earth's autonomy!

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