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  • FDelGreco
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    Just saw the movie "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie. In the church scene there was a pipe organ. The console had five manuals. Jolie shot a hole in the main wind reservoir.

    Frank

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  • Schnarrwerk
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    The wedding scene in Arthur makes extensive use of a large pipe organ. Speaking of Dudley Moore (himself a trained organist, by the way), in "10" there is a scene where a minister accompanies himself on a small home electronic organ.

    In the early Eighties there was a move called Mannequin. (No, I do not recommend it.) It was shot in the old Wanamaker Department Store, and there is a music video scene which includes a few shots of the star clowning around at the console.

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  • samzer
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    Captain Nemo's organ in "20000 Leagues Under The Sea" was spectacular and, for a submarine, had excellent acoustics. There are some YouTube clips. The organ console looks very Reed organ. Does anyone know what organ was used?

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  • Victor Jules
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ILqbD6XXkA

    Is that an organ amid the orchestra (with chimes!) in the opening strains of his Ben-Hur (also features Heston and Loren) music?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT2iLjjefpA
    Found another youtube of its score years ago which included an organ solo portion over a minute long.

    Dmitri Tiomkin now and a score that starts with an organ, soon followed by orchestra with much interplay
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwCH7fJu0Ek
    Allmusic.com: "The music begins with a powerful organ solo, perhaps standing for the solitary might of Rome itself. The full orchestra eventually joins in, with the main theme appearing on rich, dark lower strings of the violins and violas and taking on a Rachmaninovian character. Perhaps to counter that, the very Italian strains of a mandolin appear in the later part of the title." Any fellow mandolin freaks here?

    Honestly, this case is so grim and fatal-sounding I wonder if this wasn't a factor in the movie's "costly financial failure for producer Samuel Bronston" (Wikipedia). (No doubt it sounds less morbid in live theatrical stereo.) wouldn't be fun to know who's being heard in these fleeting strains and on what instruments!

    Oh yes -- a very unusual case is the obscure but gripping 1978 Richard Burton movie Absolution.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGDyapjxlxg
    An organ is heard quietly heard throughout the skillful Stanley Meyers music score -- ominous semitone clusters etc. Could be electronic this time, who knows.
    Last edited by Victor Jules; 05-29-2017, 03:05 PM.

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  • Victor Jules
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    Originally posted by Ben Madison View Post
    Does the top movie have vincint price?
    The top movie IS Vincent Price
    Last edited by Victor Jules; 05-29-2017, 03:03 PM.

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  • musikfan
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    Originally posted by steverose View Post
    "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..."

    Yes, and then for Diana's wedding they have a reed organ outside playing "O Promise Me" with violin and soprano! And then in true movie magic fashion it morphs into an upright piano for the reception.

    ah yes!. I remember that next scene and thinking to myself "How in the world did they get a piano outside, and where did the organ disappear to?

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  • steverose
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    "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..."

    Yes, and then for Diana's wedding they have a reed organ outside playing "O Promise Me" with violin and soprano! And then in true movie magic fashion it morphs into an upright piano for the reception.

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  • Ben Madison
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    Originally posted by Victor Jules View Post
    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
    Does the top movie have vincint price?

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  • musikfan
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    Originally posted by myorgan View Post
    Mistake, but I was trying to be charitable.

    Michael
    I should be the same way...I'm sure that organist was a fine musician. Everyone slips up. Unfortunately, that one is etched in stone forever.

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  • myorgan
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    Originally posted by musikfan View Post
    However, do you think it was an actual mistake or truly a grace note?
    Mistake, but I was trying to be charitable.

    Michael

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  • musikfan
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    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.

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  • myorgan
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    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

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  • jbird604
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    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?

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  • Victor Jules
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    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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  • afuller5
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    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

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