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Mrs. Mortimer Jones Prepares „Dinner for Eight“

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Mrs. Mortimer Jones Prepares “Dinner for Eight” was a promotional film for Southern California Edison. We see a housewife in a tastefully colour-coordinated kitchen equipped with the latest electrical appliances as she prepares dinner for her husband and his business associates. While the dishwasher takes care of the dirty dishes, she bakes a cake and puts a roast in the oven. As it cooks, she’s off to the theatre … Mrs. Mortimer Jones promotes not only Edison, but also Natalie Kalmus’ subtle sense of colour and the “home cooking” principle of the Technicolor franchise.

USA 1934, 11 min

by

Rodney Gilliam

with

Alice Robertson