Remember the days before Ralph Nader when a commercial on television told you that something was good for you and you actually believed it? Well you can now relive those wonderful days with this fun compilation of old timey commercials from Johnny Legend.
Naturally the best commercials featured are the ones for cigarettes that boast things like “More throat comfort!” in their ads. There are also commercials for Frisbees (“By Whammo!”), cereal (Frosted Flakes) and the famous Hai Karate after shave ad is also in there. We also get celebrities such as Ronald Reagan (soap), the Marx Brothers (shampoo), the Three Stooges (car wax) and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez (cancer sticks) hawking products. The best part for me though was the insane Smokey the Bear ad and the positively nutty venereal disease PSA.
Also featured on the disc is Bloopers and Beyond, which includes flubs from the cast of Gunsmoke (See James Arness mutter the word “Motherfucker”!), Rod Serling, Ronald Reagan, Mickey Rooney, and Jayne Mansfield (who almost loses her top). The best blooper comes from Red Skelton who performs a live TV show with a cow that ends up shitting everywhere. The first chapter of the Steve Reeves serial, Kimbar of the Jungle is also tossed in there for some inexplicable reason.
I’ve always said that old commercials are a heck of a lot more fun than old television shows and this compilation proves my theory to a tee. While there are one too many bland toothpaste ads in there for my taste, there’s enough random goofiness here (like the ad for Sloppy Joes) that make this collection worth a look.