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    #16
    "Betsy Ross got it all sowed up, And then there's Maud, and then there's Maud, and then there's a Maud, and then there'sssssss simplifing, tranquilizing, right on MAUD .HMMM." Great sound during the introduction and ending of Maud, the tv show. Great "Hammond B3" sound I think. That's a great 70's tune about a relatively interesting, strong willed, feminist reactionary woman of the 70's. Not my favorite actress but still a great tune with a well played Hammond.

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      #17
      Hey Victor. I have never seen an episode of the Avengers, even though I know it is a classic. I'll have to look around for reruns.

      I skipped around a little in the movie and saw a woman playing an organ. I couldn't see the nameplate on the console. Unfortunately, I didn't have the fortitude to watch the whole thing!

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        #18
        Andy Griffith and Lee Meriwether starred in "Angel in My Pocket"--he's a minister moving to a small town and goes to a theatre to look at a pipe organ for possible donation to his church--turns out to be a burlesque. Pretty extended scene of his character playing the organ.

        There's also an episode of the Andy Griffith show where their old church organ dies, and they are in search of a replacement.

        Johnny Dangerously near the end has scene in a movie theatre where some of the characters take a fall over a theatre organ console.

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          #19
          "A Christmas Without Snow" with Michael Learned. 1980. The church pipe organ is vandalized and an electronic organ is brought in as a substitute. Movie can be seen on YouTube.

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            #20
            I am thinking of two movies that I saw on TV. Both used one of the Wurlitzer ES reed models throughout the show.

            One started out with a middle age man playing on his spinette Wurlitzer with a well known classic, and then throughout the show he was always playing his organ. I think he had been diagnosed with some kind of illness, but not too sure. I only saw this movie once, and I don't remember the name of it.

            Another one had the organ playing in the background throughout the whole show, but did not show it all. I could tell it was a Wurlitzer ES reed model, but the organ was never shown. I have no clue or remember what that show was at all.

            Would anyone know or be able to assist me in learning about these movies? Are there ways to try and search for them on the web?

            Knowing me and my avid interest in these types of organ it is a wonder I even forgot either of them.

            There was another movie where the police were chasing a guy or a couple of guys for breaking the law, and they hid in a church among the organ pipes. One of them made the statement, "I ain't gonna kill no nun." I think he said he would surrender to the authorities before he made that statement. It has been sometime back, and I hope someone can help me find the titles to all of these movies.

            James
            Baldwin Church Organ Model 48C
            Baldwin Spinet 58R
            Lowrey Spinet SCL
            Wurlitzer 4100A
            Crown Pump Organ by Geo. P. Bent, Chicago, Illinois


            Organs I hope to obtain in the future:

            Conn Tube Minuet or Caprice even a transistor Caprice with the color coded tabs
            Gulbransen H3 or G3, or V.
            Wurlitzer 44, 4410, 4420, ES Reed Models, 4300, 4500, Transistor Models

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              #21
              Originally posted by toodles View Post
              Andy Griffith and Lee Meriwether starred in "Angel in My Pocket"--he's a minister moving to a small town and goes to a theatre to look at a pipe organ for possible donation to his church--turns out to be a burlesque. Pretty extended scene of his character playing the organ.

              There's also an episode of the Andy Griffith show where their old church organ dies, and they are in search of a replacement.

              Johnny Dangerously near the end has scene in a movie theatre where some of the characters take a fall over a theatre organ console.
              The Andy Griffith movie Angle in My Pocket the church was using a very old pump organ that was worn out with a fat lady are dressed up and looking so important trying to play it. Andy said, "that organ sounds like a dying cow."
              Baldwin Church Organ Model 48C
              Baldwin Spinet 58R
              Lowrey Spinet SCL
              Wurlitzer 4100A
              Crown Pump Organ by Geo. P. Bent, Chicago, Illinois


              Organs I hope to obtain in the future:

              Conn Tube Minuet or Caprice even a transistor Caprice with the color coded tabs
              Gulbransen H3 or G3, or V.
              Wurlitzer 44, 4410, 4420, ES Reed Models, 4300, 4500, Transistor Models

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                #22
                Just thought of another one:

                The 1980's movie "Ann of Green Gables" - when Ann first arrives at the Cuthbert's home, there's a pan of the living room and you can see an old pump organ in the background, I believe.....if it's not in this scene, it's in one not too long after...
                Craig

                Hammond L143 with Leslie 760

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                  #23
                  Yes it looks very impressive too. Marilla sure had good taste in an organ. Brand name? Marilla is an unusual name. I am friends with a family I have known for years, and their mother's name was Marilla.

                  James

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                  Yes I really enjoyed this movie. It was a Wurlitzer theater electronic model in white trimmed in gold which was a 950 model. Even during one of the practice session it began picking up a radio station.

                  I had a Hammond that would often pick up someone talking on a portable phone device, and also a lady told me the Hammond at the church where she played began acting up as well as picking up a radio signal from a local church during their worship. My organ was a T200 model, and the one at her church was a H262. Hammond began to lose it with their transistor models after being a sales leader for years.

                  James
                  Baldwin Church Organ Model 48C
                  Baldwin Spinet 58R
                  Lowrey Spinet SCL
                  Wurlitzer 4100A
                  Crown Pump Organ by Geo. P. Bent, Chicago, Illinois


                  Organs I hope to obtain in the future:

                  Conn Tube Minuet or Caprice even a transistor Caprice with the color coded tabs
                  Gulbransen H3 or G3, or V.
                  Wurlitzer 44, 4410, 4420, ES Reed Models, 4300, 4500, Transistor Models

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                    #24
                    In the film Yanks (early 80's?) Ron Curtis was playing a Compton organ at the Davenport cinema Stockport

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                      #25
                      Just thought of another...There was an old Lowrey (I Think) in the funeral chapel in the US series Six feet under

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                        #26
                        Hi all,

                        There was an early model Thomas on the first season of the Perry Mason television show. Here is a thread about it on the Forum.

                        Later,
                        Allen
                        Currently own: Roland Atelier AT-90, Yamaha 115D, Roland DP-90SE, Yamaha PSR-S910

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                          #27
                          The Abominable Dr. Phibes, 1971 -- he's playing Mendelssohn's March from Athalie on...... parts from a cannibalized Wurlitzer horseshoe console?
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QfsQB_He0g

                          Help, 1965 -- what?
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx_7xjpySK0

                          The Sound of Music, 1965 -- a gorgeous case is shown for two seconds and the organ sounded like a million bucks in the theater despite a very tiny accidental grace note
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy6T_yVakjA

                          Getting purely tangential now, in 1966's The Trouble With Angels Hayley Mills sees a convent's organ and says "Dig that crazy accordion!" Fleetingly glimpsed here, it looks like a gorgeous pipe instrument in a castle or mansion
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvpCXKqkX0g

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                            #28
                            The day I saw "The Sound of Music" as a 16-year-old kid, and heard that organ music, first time I'd ever heard a pipe organ played (as far as i know), was the day I fell in love with the King of Instruments! It DID sound like a million bucks to me. The little movie house in our town was primitive I'm sure, but there was probably a big horn-loaded speaker system behind the screen, and the sound blew me away, even though I remember that the sound system clipped on the loudest portions of that processional. I read somewhere that the organ you hear in that clip is not actually the organ you see. But whatever organ they used for the recording, I thought it was magnificent!

                            And what IS that thing that Paul is playing?
                            John
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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Victor Jules View Post
                              The Sound of Music, 1965 -- a gorgeous case is shown for two seconds and the organ sounded like a million bucks in the theater despite a very tiny accidental grace note
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy6T_yVakjA
                              Imagine being that organist and having your accidental grace note immortalized forever! I'm just glad it wasn't me--though it sounds like something I'd do.

                              Michael
                              Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
                              • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
                              • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
                              • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 6 Pianos

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by myorgan View Post
                                Imagine being that organist and having your accidental grace note immortalized forever! I'm just glad it wasn't me--though it sounds like something I'd do.

                                Michael
                                Haha, Michael. You and me both!....every time I listen or watch the movie, I hear that little slip in the chord. You call it a "grace note", I called it a mistake. However, do you think it was an actual mistake or truly a grace note? It would seem out of place in that style if it was.... just my humble opinion.
                                Craig

                                Hammond L143 with Leslie 760

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