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Mechanical Music in the Movies
By Mark Forer

Here's another neat movie I caught late last night on Turner Classic
Movies:  "Ah, Wilderness", the classic 1935 movie from MGM. In two very
long scenes in a shady saloon, a young man is seduced by a 1908 version
of a "B-girl" right in front of what appears to be a very early Wurlitzur
I 65-note nickel-grabber. The piano is lit up and playing -- the gal
even drops a coin in to start it up- but the music appears dubbed, as
it seems to play "Daisy" every time. No matter...  TCM seems to always
feature the good stuff, every night. That's why they call themselves
"Movie Heaven". It's too bad only 15% of cable households are able to
receive it.

--Mark Forer

(Message sent Fri 15 May 1998, 05:05:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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