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Back To The Future - Jane Wyman, First Lady?!
When Marty first goes back to 1955 and eventually meets Doc, Doc doesn't believe Marty is from the future. When Marty tells Doc that Ronald Reagan is the president, Doc is astonished. A couple of lines later, as he is running out of the house, you can hear him yell, "I suppose Jane Wyman is the first lady!" Jane Wyman was Reagan's first wife, true. But Reagan had already divorced her and married Nancy Davis in 1952. So, theoretically, Doc shouldn't be making an assumption (even though he was talking out of disbelief) that Jane Wyman would end up being the First Lady. This line was put in obviously to make the situation seem more authentic to 1955, but the writers "slipped-up" and didn't get their facts straight. Since there was already Nancy Reagan in 1955, the line shouldn't have been there at all. This is a definite slip-up.
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Special Requirements: Knowledge of Reagan history
Contributed By: Staring Eyes on 01-04-2002 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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Comments:
rebek frog writes:
Ronald Reagan was an actor, so were Jane Wyman, Jerry Lewis and Jack Benny. Doc was saying that if an actor was in Washington running the country, why not have actors in ALL parts of Government, as this would be as unlikely as having a teenager knock on your door telling you he is from the future. It's a joke, sarcasm.
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FightingWeasel writes:
Please let me set this straight. HE'S MOCKING MARTY!!!!! He is saying that there is such a small chance of Ronald Reagan being president, that there is also a small chance of being back together with his other wife. This is not a slip up!
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coleman100 writes:
Keep in mind that Doc is a science geek. You couldn't expect him to keep up with every star in Hollywood. In 1955, how many people do you suppose ever heard of Nancy Reagan
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