Memory Lane: ‘Mother, Please–!’

If you’re old enough, you’re sure to remember this classic Anacin commercial, circa 1960. The housewife’s trying to cook, the mother ventures to ask, “Don’t you think it needs a little salt?”, and she gets her head bitten off: “Mother, please! I’d rather do it myself!”

The opportunities for parody are legion. Think Mama Bates from Psycho.

There was a whole series of these Family-Member-Goes-Postal commercials: it seems Anacin was better than any platoon of family counselors.

I don’t even like to think about how the same commercials would be made today.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

3 responses to “Memory Lane: ‘Mother, Please–!’

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    Today to make this commercial relevant there would have to be a mixed race couple featured, or a gay couple, and they would have to bleep out the F-bombs. Oh yeah, there would need to be foul rap music playing in the background.

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  • marlene

    You don’t like to think about it but you’ve got me thinking about it and it’s a nightmare I can’t get out of my head. I’m going over to Youtube to watch some old black and white movies… I see thewhiterabbit2016 just couldn’t resist his (?) SPOT ON thoughts – lol.

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  • marlene

    “Control yourself. Sure you have a headache; you’re tense…” The narrator of yesterday is the background noise of liberals reading our thoughts today. “Pelosi, please, i’d rather do it myself!”

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