Before They Were Stars: George Romero Directs Water Softener and Beer Commercials

To celebrate George Romero’s birthday today, I’ve unearthed a couple of old commercials he directed before he made Night of the Living Dead. The first one is a cheesy ad for Calgon water softener, which is intended as a parody of Fantastic Voyage, and the second one is an ad for Duke beer, which I’m sure will go over very well with feminists. You can see Karl Hardman, who played Harry Cooper in Night of the Living Dead, as one of the scientists in the Calgon commercial. Believe it or not, Romero also cut his teeth directing

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