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  • Gangster Story (1959) [USA]

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053850/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangster_Story

    Quoting IMDb: "Hoodlum Jack Martin is on the lam and robs a small town bank which brings the local cops and local crime boss into the mix."

    Walter Matthau
    - starred (playing Jack Martin)
    - directed

    A radio appears from 00:04:02 to 00:04:11 in a motel room
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    • It's Child's Play for Carl Jaffé and Dorothy Alison in 1952 (though released in 1954) as Carl tries to clean the cat whiskers:

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      • Really interesting thread!
        How about this one, from "A Clockwork Orange."
        (I have looked and looked online, and can't identify it - but it's definitely the most stylish item in the room!)

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        • Originally posted by ThomasDuckett View Post
          Really interesting thread!
          How about this one, from "A Clockwork Orange."
          (I have looked and looked online, and can't identify it - but it's definitely the most stylish item in the room!)
          The logo on the bottom left could be Philips.

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          • Originally posted by Mark O View Post

            The logo on the bottom left could be Philips.
            It's too fuzzy to be absolutely sure, but the shape does suggest Philips.

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            • ThomasDuckett
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              It's not any Philips I could find an image of, sadly, but I did wonder about Philips, also Grundig.

          • Originally posted by ThomasDuckett View Post
            It's not any Philips I could find an image of, sadly, but I did wonder about Philips, also Grundig.
            Yes, I'm pretty sure it's a Grundig, having a google round, Grundig seems to be the only company with the brand name on the lower left, the Radio's had different names, such as party boy, yacht boy, elite boy, etc; there's very similar looking ones on google images, but not the precise one, as far as I can gather.

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            • ThomasDuckett
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              Yes. Grundig Melody Boy 210 or 400 is closest I can see so far, although the one in the film appears to have the antenna on the left, and the fascia doesn't match up to the (bad) photo. Thanks for the second pair of eyes.

              (And with Kubrick, you always have to look out the hidden meaning - so, is Alex a 'melody boy', and does 210 reference 2001? It's also possible to overthink this...)

          • Originally posted by ThomasDuckett View Post
            Yes. Grundig Melody Boy 210 or 400 is closest I can see so far, although the one in the film appears to have the antenna on the left, and the fascia doesn't match up to the (bad) photo. Thanks for the second pair of eyes.

            (And with Kubrick, you always have to look out the hidden meaning - so, is Alex a 'melody boy', and does 210 reference 2001? It's also possible to overthink this...)
            It's a pleasure, my first job when I was 16 was in a Radio and Television shop, so the 70's stuff has stirred my interest, we sold Roberts, Fidelity, Ferguson, ITT, and many more brands at the time, many of which have now disappeared.

            Fidelity were the cheapest brand, but they used to boast they were made in Britain.

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            • Malta Story (1953) [UK]

              https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046029/

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta_Story

              Quoting IMDb: "In World War II, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans, but staunchly defended by the British."

              The film can be found at:

              https://archive.org/details/MaltaStory

              Flight Lieutenant Peter Ross (Alec Guinness) ends up in Malta and falls in love with a local woman (Muriel Pavlow) whose family's home has a radio. It appears from 00:25:20 to 00:27:11, 00:40:50 to 00:40:54, 00:59:06 to 01:03:04 and 01:08:10 to 01:08:47 in multiple scenes.


              Even though it is not very clear this is the best angled view of the radio giving an idea of it's depth:
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              Most detailed frontal view of the radio:
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                Mary Jones turns up the volume of "Rockin' the Blues" by Buster Harding and Earl Warren to drown out her sorrows with gloomy husband Philip Gilbert when there's an Account Rendered in 1957.

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                • Sapphire (1959) (UK)

                  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053242/

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_(film)

                  Quoting IMDb: "The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area."

                  The murdered woman Sapphire (Yvonne Buckingham) boyfriend and then prime suspect David Harris (Paul Massie) family's household radio is partially seen several times but only fully appears from 01:19:52 to 01:19:56.

                  A pensive David Harris awaits the scene where the investigating police inspector solves the crime.
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                  • Inspector Richard Warner checks the bandwidth of The Large Rope in 1954:

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                    • I don’t have the pictures here to display. In the 1950 film, When worlds collide, and the 1953 film, War of the worlds, each film had individuals listening to a radio. I think that scene was stock footage. Booth scenes were the same.

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                      • Belated thanks. Hopefully someone can provide images for us to identify the radios.


                        Something different to end the year. An attractive ad for the BUSH TR 106 (1962):

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                        As seen in Val Guest's 80,000 Suspects, made the following year:

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                        This is the reception desk of the Theatre Royal, Bath where the pantomime Mother Goose was being staged.

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                        • Although the stories shown in OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB or EXCLUSIVE! are set during or soon after the Second World War, and some genuine Eurpoean locations were filmed, there seems little attempt to depict a period setting as opposed to the contemporary (1957) look of the thing. For that reason, I don't know if the radio on the shelf behind an escaping David Hannaford, "The Littlest Sergeant", is in period or not:

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                          • Michael Wilding tries to settle down Nicholas Phipps so they can peacefully listen in to "MRS. DALE'S DIARY" when it's Maytime in Mayfair in 1949:

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