Hello Everyone, It has been a while since I have put any input
on MMDigest, but since I have just purchased the movie "Operation
Amsterdam", I just have a few questions that I need answered.
In the opening credits, the organ is called the Amsterdam Pierement.
The organ bears the name H. Mohlmann on the gallery. In the movie
a man is cranking the organ, but when you hear the drum beats and look
at the drum actions, nothing is moving, therefore the music is played
back from a tape recording. When the man stops cranking the organ in
the middle of the song, instead of the usual dying notes, it sounds
like the tape is dragged down to a stop.
Now then, after listening carefully to the sound of the organ in the
opening credits, I have compared it to the Pride of Amsterdam Dutch
Band Organ LP which I have and have come to the conclusion that it was
that organ which was recorded for the movie, and the organ in the movie
was a dummy or mockup organ.
Also, does anyone who has a copy of the movie, happen to know the name
of the song that the organ is playing in the movie. Unfortunately they
never added that in the credits. I think it's a beautiful tune.
[ The music heard in "Operation Amsterdam" is performed by
[ "De Cello", originally built by Carl Frei in 1926. Two new
[ songs, "Pierement Waltz" and "Amsterdam Polka", were composed
[ for the film by Philip Green. See the articles indexed at
[ http://www.mmdigest.com/Archives/KWIC/A/amsterdam.html -- Robbie