Tripartisonship; Market Making & Stepping in Front

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Fri May 25 21:36:10 UTC 2001

I think I remember this from high school, which would be late 60s. I
didn't have a TV as an undergraduate, so if it wasn't late 60s, it
would be mid- to late 70s.

Peter A. McGraw wrote:
>I remember the commercial.  I don't remember the prop falling apart, but I
>do remember that it was for Alka-Selzer or some similar remedy.  The "plot"
>was the filming of an ostensible spaghetti commercial, and with retake
>after retake, each of which called for him to sample the spaghetti and
>exclaim, "Mama mia, 'atsa some spicy meatball," the man looked and acted
>progressively sicker.  I think late 60s seems a bit too early--more like
>70s or 80s.  I THINK it was after the famous "I can't believe I ate that
>whole thing" and "Try it, you'll like it" commercials.
>Peter Mc.
>--On Friday, May 25, 2001 11:13 AM -0700 "A. Maberry"
><maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU> wrote:
>> On Fri, 25 May 2001 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>>> THAT'S A SPICY MEATBALL--My friend says that this catchphrase comes from
>>> a
>>   character on the old Abbott & Costello show.
>> That might be. I also remember a sort of off-the-wall commercial for some
>> canned spaghetti and meatballs the plot of which was that the  "star" is
>> an actor playing an Italian guy  making a commerical for spaghetti
>> and trying, unsuccessfully to say the phrase "At'sa spicy meatball". When
>> he finally does say it correctly, some other prop like the stove in the
>> background falls apart. Late 1960s early 1970s?
>> allen
>> maberry at
>                              Peter A. McGraw
>                  Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                           pmcgraw at

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