Roll-Oh the Household Robot Solves All Domestic Problems in 1940

A bored housewife, her "chromium butler," and a condescending workman from Ray's Robot Repair star in Leave It to Roll-Oh (1940), a film short originally shown at the New York World's Fair of 1939-40. Roll-Oh answers the door, vacuums the rug (with his foot), and makes dinner, among other domestic chores, thus freeing the housewife to ... read magazines? Don't miss the repairman's impressive use of techno-babble to confound a presumably ignorant female client, a scenario that's not exactly extinct in today's world. Wish she'd use that button marked "Scram!"


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Why is it called Roll-O if it walks?