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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #480 on: April 27, 2013, 01:07:18 PM »
My daughter just looked at me thoughtfully, then remarked that my father lives on in me and how he'd be proud that I knew that.  That comment made me stop and think .... he does live on in me, and if he'd had been there with us, he'd have made the same comment, too.  LOL

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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #481 on: August 22, 2013, 08:59:20 AM »
After seeing some photos of the Rauland Amplicall on this forum, I said to myself, "Wow! That looks awfully familiar!" And I immediately knew where I knew it from...

A modified version of this was used in the Star Trek 1st Pilot episode, The Cage. See if you agree...





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« Reply #482 on: August 22, 2013, 05:09:54 PM »
I just had a look about on the forum, and yes, that does indeed look like an Amplicall (not heard of that before today though!!), I'll have to watch The Cage again, just to be sure... :D

Link to an Amplicall thread:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=548.0

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« Reply #483 on: September 28, 2013, 01:15:06 AM »
A pretty little line up of three British phones in Foyle's War (episode "Eagle Day").
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« Reply #484 on: September 28, 2013, 03:26:43 AM »
A pretty little line up of three British phones in Foyle's War (episode "Eagle Day").

Interesting! I seem to remember those from a more recent episode of Dr. Who, with David Tenant Matt Smith, where he was working with Churchill to defeat Daleks. There was that line up of phones on one end of the large war room table and several black phones on the other end.

I'll see if I can find it this weekend.

Found it: "Victory of the Daleks" Series 5, Episode 3

A lot more phones that I first remembered. Unfortunately, the camera shot for a scene many times does not catch the front of the phone, in any part of the episode. This episode also included old operator headsets. Here are a few screen captures.
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« Reply #485 on: November 07, 2013, 08:44:11 AM »
Has anyone mentioned Boardwalk Empire yet?  It's chock full of all sorts of early phones:

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« Reply #486 on: November 07, 2013, 02:20:39 PM »
A pretty little line up of three British phones in Foyle's War (episode "Eagle Day").

Interesting! I seem to remember those from a more recent episode of Dr. Who, with David Tenant Matt Smith, where he was working with Churchill to defeat Daleks. There was that line up of phones on one end of the large war room table and several black phones on the other end.

I'll see if I can find it this weekend.

Found it: "Victory of the Daleks" Series 5, Episode 3

A lot more phones that I first remembered. Unfortunately, the camera shot for a scene many times does not catch the front of the phone, in any part of the episode. This episode also included old operator headsets. Here are a few screen captures.

Maybe they shot this in the Cabinet War rooms museum in London? It's a great place, chock full of telephony.
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« Reply #487 on: December 01, 2013, 01:06:29 PM »
Just watching "There's Always Tomorrow" with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck from 1956.  Every phone in the movie is a 302!  With the 500 already out for 5 or 6 years, makes you wonder why the movie companies didn't update their props in some films.  I guess it's like cars.  Would be weird if everyone in a movie had a new car. 

Here's a screenshot of Barbara on her ivory 302:

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« Reply #488 on: December 01, 2013, 02:08:43 PM »
1955 stuff from BTTF, the Doc's number in the directory, and I can't help but notice the numbers ending with letters, I'm guessing they're country codes? :D

And the payphone, there is a Bell System sign, but the handset appears to be an AE G-type handset (the transmitter cap gives it away), which I guess wouldn't be right being a Bell payphone... ???

And I just thought I'd add the bit where he tears the page out of the phonebook, probably very frowned upon in the day.... :D

the letters ending in numbers are party line codes.
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« Reply #489 on: December 01, 2013, 02:54:21 PM »
1955 stuff from BTTF, the Doc's number in the directory, and I can't help but notice the numbers ending with letters, I'm guessing they're country codes? :D

And the payphone, there is a Bell System sign, but the handset appears to be an AE G-type handset (the transmitter cap gives it away), which I guess wouldn't be right being a Bell payphone... ???

And I just thought I'd add the bit where he tears the page out of the phonebook, probably very frowned upon in the day.... :D

the letters ending in numbers are party line codes.



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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #490 on: December 01, 2013, 02:57:52 PM »
There aren't just cool old phones in Boardwalk Empire a recent episode featured the venerable Hawthorne works itself
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« Reply #491 on: December 01, 2013, 03:45:54 PM »
Just watching "There's Always Tomorrow" with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck from 1956.  Every phone in the movie is a 302!  With the 500 already out for 5 or 6 years, makes you wonder why the movie companies didn't update their props in some films.

When staging a movie or play, the first question that comes up in the first production meeting is "in what year will this take place." Everything is based on that number. This movie was first done in the 30s and remade in the 50s. The director and/or producer tell the set and props people what they want to see on camera. So even if this movie took place and was made in the 50s, they may have wanted the rooms and props to be outdated, from 40s, for whatever reason they had to make that decision including not having money left in the budget to go out and get new phones.
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« Reply #492 on: December 01, 2013, 06:12:19 PM »
Just watching "There's Always Tomorrow" with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck from 1956.  Every phone in the movie is a 302!  With the 500 already out for 5 or 6 years, makes you wonder why the movie companies didn't update their props in some films.

When staging a movie or play, the first question that comes up in the first production meeting is "in what year will this take place." Everything is based on that number. This movie was first done in the 30s and remade in the 50s. The director and/or producer tell the set and props people what they want to see on camera. So even if this movie took place and was made in the 50s, they may have wanted the rooms and props to be outdated, from 40s, for whatever reason they had to make that decision including not having money left in the budget to go out and get new phones.

Exactly what I was thinking.  Probably the same  Sheriff Andy Taylor had a candlestick phone in the 1960s Mayberry...to make it a little out of date and behind the times, like it was. (Also the Munsters and Addams Family, too!)

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« Reply #493 on: December 02, 2013, 10:12:16 PM »
Has anyone ever seen the Val Kilmer classic, "Top Secret!"? What kind of phone is this?

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« Reply #494 on: December 02, 2013, 10:21:58 PM »
Has anyone ever seen the Val Kilmer classic, "Top Secret!"? What kind of phone is this?

I have that on Betamax somewhere in my mess of a room, haven't watched in a few years... :D