Thursday, March 13, 2008

Margaret Hamilton in a 1970s Maxwell House coffee commercial. I actually remember this one with the shit-starting husband in a leisure suit (towering paragon of support and sensitivity) and the frustrated young wife (she ain't much of a cook, but with that Tammy Wynette hair-do action, she more than earns her keep).




It's funny that Margaret was only 37 when The Wizard of Oz was released. I think she was kind of cute(despite the unfortunate resemblance to Woody Allen), sorta spunky. I thought it looked more exciting at her house with the spiky towers and the flying monkeys than it did back at the farm. That little dog was a pain in the ass. And those ruby slippers would have complimented her green-bean complexion beautifully.

Ah, what might have been.

9 comments:

Mechuahua said...

I think that commercial was longer than some sitcoms of today. The husband of the commercial was a bit harsh, don't ya think?
Margaret kind of gave me the willies. I'd never take her recommendation for coffee. Now if she had a good revenge idea, that's another story.

lainy said...

She looks more Grandmotherly in this commercial than she did in The Wizard Of Oz. I bet she was a really sweet person in real life.

phlegmfatale said...

mechuahua - longer, and of greater substance! Yeah, he was the caring, sensitive type. I like that! At least she doesn't have to wonder if he married her for her mad coffee skills.
I liked Margaret. She was clearly misunderstood, and I pretty much never drink coffee, so I'm Kool and the Gang. But the revenge thing...

lainy - Well, at least she was good-humoured about her career choices. She really acted quite a bit, even into her 80s, if you look at her IMDB profile I linked. Hard-working woman, I'd say.

Myron said...

That hole looks familiar but I can't place him. And sweetie, there ain't no linky thingy in your post.

DirtCrashr said...

There's a point in that commercial in which the wife, turning, should have poured the hot coffee straight onto the 'hole's groin and then mashed the cup into his teeth.
But oh-well.
There used to be a really big old electric-lightbulb Maxwell House Coffee sign covering the side of an old brick building on the outskirts of San Francisco. It was a giant, three-story-tall Arab-dressed guy with pointy toed Aladdin slippers - totally un-PC, tipping up a cup of coffee, his arms moved. You could smell coffee roasting sometimes.
Or it was Folgers...

Hammer said...

That guy was a prick. I wonder if he would melt if he had hot coffee thrown on him.

Weird I didn't know the witch did commercials. Pretty cool.

phlegmfatale said...

myron - thanks for letting me know. I fixed the linky. And yeah, he WAS a jerk, wasn't he?

dirtcrashr - That would have been delicious, indeed. If she was so terrible at it, why didn't he make his own damned coffee, I reckon? It's funny what we've lost culturally out of political correctness. Remember the "66" van lines with the camel on the side of the trailers and the motto "Humpin' to please?" Those were really cool. Folger's or Maxwell House, the Aladdin guy sounds great.

hammer - I love you guys, I really do. What a juvenile schmuck!

Viejo said...

Seems like a lot of coffee commercials used the same my husband doesn't like my coffee, then they use Folgers or Maxwell House and now the husband is happy as a lark. Here is the url for one with Mrs. Olsen of Folgers Coffee. She always seemed to have it in her purse or house or somewhere whensomeon needed it.
Bill
http://www.archive.org/details/folgers_13

B said...

"good...to..the...last..drop..."
Good thing I have my finger here to help me read the fine lines.
Uh...doesn't matter who's doin' the brewin' at home, as long as Maxie is there it's all good?
How about BJ's? Cause I don't know BEANS about that shizz.