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    You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    What does " You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting. " mean?
    I completely have no idea about what the sentence is talking about. I only realise that maybe there is a kind of connection between "an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting" and "Dean Martin, the bad boy of the Rat Pack and the dad on ‘Leave It to Beaver’".

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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    It's something only somebody who's about my age could really get. Do you know what a throwback is?

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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    The speaker is referring to American TV shows and celebrities from the 1950s. Dean Martin was known for drinking heavily and for his raucous personality. The father character on the Leave it to Beaver show was the opposite.
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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    It's something only somebody who's about my age could really get. Do you know what a throwback is?
    A throwback can mean three things as follows:
    1. A reversion to an earlier stage of development.
    2. pejorative A person considered to be primitive, uncivilized and mentally deficient.
    3. An organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form.


    But I don't know which one is proper for the context here.


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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    A throwback can mean one of three things as follows:
    1. A reversion to an earlier stage of development.
    2. pejorative A person considered to be primitive, uncivilized and mentally deficient.
    3. An organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form.


    But I don't know which one is proper for the context here.

    In this context it is something from an earlier time.

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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The speaker is referring to American TV shows and celebrities from the 1950s. Dean Martin was known for drinking heavily and for his raucous personality. The father character on the Leave it to Beaver show was the opposite.
    Thank you for your time. So you mean: " an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting" is equivalent to " American TV shows and celebrities from the 1950s, including Dean Martin and the father character on the Leave it to Beaver show ". Am I right? Could you please tell me what "throwbacks" actually refers to here? Many thanks indeed.

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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    In this context it is something from an earlier time.
    Could you please elaborate a bit more about this word? It's hard for us to understand a cultural thing in a different country.
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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    Thank you for your time. So you mean: "an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting" is equivalent to "American TV shows and celebrities from the 1950s, including Dean Martin and the father character on the Leave it to Beaver show". Am I right? Could you please tell me what "throwbacks" actually refers to here? Many thanks indeed.
    The phrase means something like "old-fashioned choices, as if Dean Martin and the dad on Leave it to Beaver had been cast in a movie together."

    Remember not to put a space after an opening quotation mark or before a closing one.
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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    I am not sure how I can explain it better. I was born in 1950. That makes me old compared to some people. People who can remember Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are probably my age and older. Now, what were we talking about?

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    Re: You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    A throwback can mean three things as follows:
    1. A reversion to an earlier stage of development.
    2. pejorative A person considered to be primitive, uncivilized and mentally deficient.
    3. An organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form.
    4. 'Something that is similar to something that existed in the past, or belongs to the past.'—quoted from https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/throwback
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