After reading the a RiffTrax announcement e-mail about various new projects I was prompted to head over to the site and, well, not get any of them. Instead, I was lured into "Are Your Popular?" which I guess is fortunate this being the forum respond thread for, well, "Are You Popular?"
I enjoyed the riffing and did the usual sort of real-life, actual laughing of the out-loud variety.
The short all by itself had some good lines. The popular girl (as in the "nice" popular one, not the slutty popular one who would in real life be the popular one) was said to be popular because she "liked both boys and girls."
According to something I saw on the Internet (which, therefore, means it must be true!) this was made in 1947, which accounts for the rather primitive telecommunications devices, including a phone with one of those candle stick style receivers.
I found the camera angles odd in the begining, they shot the first kids from behind so they had to look in profile to speak (this was probably David Whitehouse, who I see is credited as "Boy at Lunch Table," a role which, sadly, may have type-cast him in the fast paced world of Educational Film making in 1940s Oklahoma. At least judging by his IMDb page (and yes, there is one).
The lack of a reverse angle is no doubt due to cheapness, but in a later scene of the two girls -- the "nice" one and her pal (I think the pal was riffed as "the mandrill," which, frankly, was appropriate) -- done by shooting into a mirror. Cheapness or a suppressed desire for directorial vision? I suppose we will never really -- ah, how am I kidding, they were being cheap.