TA.TV: Propaganda – “Are You Ready for Marriage?” (1950)

Are You Ready for Marriage? was produced to stem the epidemic of youthful, impetuous, and unsuccessful marriages following World War II. Larry and Sue, a couple of fresh-scrubbed teens, want to get hitched — but Sue’s parents disapprove. The two lovebirds decide their only recourse is to visit “Mr. Hall,” a marriage counselor with incredibly wide lapels on his suit jacket. He shows them a “psychological distance board” complete with tiny wooden dolls tied together with piano wire and shoelaces and — somehow — this helps them understand that they should wait until they’re older.

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