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Heinlein's OPERATION MOONBASE Pops up in Surprising Context
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Author:  beamjockey [ Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Heinlein's OPERATION MOONBASE Pops up in Surprising Context

About a week ago, Jackie Mansky yesterday published an article for Smithsonian on "The History of Women Presidents in Film."

She fingers Operation Moonbase, in 1953, as the first(?) appearance of a female U.S. President. This was a low-budget film co-written by Robert Heinlein, not as good as Destination Moon and largely forgotten. The President is played, in a brief scene at the end of the film, by Ernestine Barrier. Mansky ropes in SF writer John Scalzi for a quote.
Quote:
But Barrier’s appearance seems to be written as more of a device to shock audiences; her gender is only revealed at the very end of the movie. As Scalzi puts it, “Something along the lines of Heinlein going, ‘You want evidence that this really is the future? Forget about rockets, forget about moon landings, we have a woman president. Let me blow your mind with that.’”

This was, of course, outlandish speculation. The United States has never elected a woman President.

Author:  BillMullins [ Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Heinlein's OPERATION MOONBASE Pops up in Surprising Cont

The 1924 film "The Last Man on Earth" seems to have included a woman president. See a review from Moving Picture World here.

Author:  beamjockey [ Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Heinlein's OPERATION MOONBASE Pops up in Surprising Cont

BillMullins wrote:
The 1924 film "The Last Man on Earth" seems to have included a woman president.
Another find of the sort we have come to expect from Bill Mullins!

That's a quite good review of the movie. It's unclear whether the President is on-screen.

I looked up reviews in IMDB and was a bit startled to find that the first one was penned by the late SF writer F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, whom I once met at a party.

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