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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:15 pm 
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Saturday I was watching an episode of Wind At My Back.In in there was an outside horn machine. Instead of having a real horn they substituted a radio speaker from the 20s for a horn.It didn't look right. edisonplayer.


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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:55 pm 
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Fredrik wrote:
Unaccustomed As We Are (1929) was the first "talkie" featuring Laurel & Hardy. In it Ollie invites Stan home for dinner. After having lauded the cooking of his wife they enter the apartment which has a floor model talking machine standing directly by the door.

It turns out that Mrs. Hardy is less than pleased with this unannounced visit. She starts arguing, and trying to get away from this Ollie starts playing a record. This gets Mrs. Hardy even more furuios and she grabs the record and smashes it over her husband's head.

The she leaves the appartment and the story - and troubles - go on.

I have a very fine restored version of this film on DVD and would love to upload a screenshot, but I don't know how to make one. Maybe MordEth or some other tech savy person could tell me how to? (I'm using an iMac with Mac OS X, version 10.5.1).

Fredrik

If you are using a Mac, it is simple to do a screenshot. Just pause the movie at the point you wish to copy, then press and hold "Shift, Command and 4" until a "crosshair" appears, to copy a portion of your screen. Place the crosshair at a corner of the picture you wish to copy and then hold your left mouse button while dragging the outline that appears to cover the portion of your screen that you wish to copy... Let go of the mouse button when you have outlined the portion of the image you wish to capture... done. Pay attention to where the screenshot is saved - normally to your desktop, so you can retrieve it to post or save for whatever use.
If you just want to copy the entire screen, press "Shift, Command and 3", if you wish to record something on your screen, press "Shift, Command and 5"... easy to do.


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"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:01 am 
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Spotted this machine in 1965’s “A Thousand Clowns”. Columbia?


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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:14 pm 
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Don't know if this has been posted before...tonight's edition of Svengoolie featured the movie "The Beast With Five Fingers." During the movie, a disembodied hand played the piano and terrorized the house's inhabitants. At the end of the movie, it was revealed that an Edison Standard Phonograph, remotely controlled, was the source of the piano playing. Awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:38 pm 
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Gatyam wrote:
Don't know if this has been posted before...tonight's edition of Svengoolie featured the movie "The Beast With Five Fingers." During the movie, a disembodied hand played the piano and terrorized the house's inhabitants. At the end of the movie, it was revealed that an Edison Standard Phonograph, remotely controlled, was the source of the piano playing. Awesome.



The Standard was inside a piece of armor- around where the waist would be. The horn- fabricated- faced upwards, the sound coming out of the helmet. With the fidelity and volume that a 2 minute black wax cylinder could never deliver. But it's still a very good film that only Warner Brothers could mount successfully !! Max Steiner score !


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 Post subject: Re: Phonographs in Movies...
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:04 pm 
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pallophotophone wrote:
Gatyam wrote:
Don't know if this has been posted before...tonight's edition of Svengoolie featured the movie "The Beast With Five Fingers." During the movie, a disembodied hand played the piano and terrorized the house's inhabitants. At the end of the movie, it was revealed that an Edison Standard Phonograph, remotely controlled, was the source of the piano playing. Awesome.



The Standard was inside a piece of armor- around where the waist would be. The horn- fabricated- faced upwards, the sound coming out of the helmet. With the fidelity and volume that a 2 minute black wax cylinder could never deliver. But it's still a very good film that only Warner Brothers could mount successfully !! Max Steiner score !


And the record was reportedly made at the "Milano Edison Company".

BTW- the piano playing was dubbed by the left hand of highly eccentric pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi


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