September 22, 2008

roll the film, professor

are you in "a run down condition?" maybe you're "shy and withdrawn" or "tense and irritable." not to worry! coronet instructional films will help you get fit and be happy. join ernie, jean and hal as they learn how exercise helps you "make friends easier" and how it is an "outlet for emotional tensions." they still end up being kind of dull and nerdy, but have fewer colds.



this movie is from the wonderful prelinger archive at the internet archive.

11 comments:

Gaina said...

If it makes you grey and fuzzy with a dodgy 50's hair-do, I think I'll stay tense and irritable thank you. LOL

Donimo said...

they just might! it's probably best to avoid the dodgy gym clothes as well.

yanub said...

I think if a school today were to adopt that boys' gym outfit, there'd be some hot words at the PTA meeting.

This video is a great example of that old 1950s attitude that anyone who was shy, bookish, and/or sickly was a social deviant who needed to get with the program.

David R. said...

Oh no, I am like Hal and I study too much. I need some shiny short shorts and some fine fellows to romp around with to bring me out of my sad bookworm existence. I can learn a lot on the Prelinger archives. Thank you for directing me toward something that will make me a stronger, better, faster, more polite human being. Your site is a great resource for personal self development.

FridaWrites said...

I'd start with a whole host of jokes, though it would probably be more prudent to start with some major safety tips for the joints lest those people not be able to walk in a few years. No wonder so many seniors need hip and knee replacements if this is what they did.

Hmm, "why is Hal here?" Could it be all those hot girls he's drooling over?

What's wrong with the boys' costumes, yanub? You don't think the football players would love some "calisthenics" and leaping through one another's encircled arms? With ballet shoes to match?

Jean, no, she's worried she'd be clumsy and awkward. Well some of us are clumsy and awkward, darn it.

Oh, tour jetes, had forgotten about those.

rachelcreative said...

Oh my.

FridaWrites said...

I'm feeling lethargic and awkward...

FridaWrites said...

I'm feeling lethargic and awkward...

Donimo said...

well, i have the flu right now, so i guess i can just blame my calisthenics routine...or lack thereof. you've all given me a laugh today and THAT is the best medicine. so, if everyone would send in photos of themselves in shiny short shorts and white ballet shoes, i would be sure to kick this virus promptly.

i'll raise my cup of tea to all of us bookish "social deviants."

FridaWrites said...

I still have pointe shoes around here. No shiny short shorts. Hope the flu leaves you quickly!

Katrin said...

Oh dear god. Too ridiculous!!