RVOD093 American Thrift, Part 2

(1962, Educational?-Short, color)


Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy

We challenge you to identify what the hell I’m talking about.

Rating: ***

In a Nutshell:

Americans are so darn thrifty. Good job, guys! Pat yourselves on the back.


Brazenly flirting with the frozen foods.Americans are thrifty. This is because we manufacture a lot of pennies and don’t drive very far between the refinery and the factory. Also, Campbell’s soup is made of wood. There’s a bunch of other stuff in there too, but I’m not sure what any of it means or what it has to do with anything.

Short film? Is there something you’d like to share with the rest of the class? No? Uh, okay.


Another one for the Nonsense Pile. Aside from the narrator’s occasional lapses into odd syntax, there’s nothing really head-twistingly bizarre about it. It’s just a lot of staid sixties platitudes and staid sixties factoids strung together in no particular order, and with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Pennies.  Sorry, lost my place in the copy there.  Pennies.Part 1 was originally riffed by Mike, Bill and Kevin along with special guest riffer Veronica Belmont. In the introduction to this half, Veronica telegraphs ahead that she’s not coming and that they should go on without her. When the narrator comes right out of the gate with backwards gibberish, Bill wants to know, “Did Yoda write this copy?” At one point, the narrator enthuses about our “ultra modern schools.” “Run by robots!” Mike adds. As the short ends with patriotic images over a strange little speech filled with synonyms for size, Kevin adds his own ending onto the Pledge of Allegiance, “With bigness and largeness for all.” It’s not an especially engaging short, but it’s not boring either, and the riffers go with the flow, keeping up nicely.