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concertinas in the movies

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I feel sure the "Wayback machine" has a version of this thread, so forgive me of bringing it up again.

What brought this up is that in getting rid of my boxes, I came upon my "silent" concertina.

Many years ago I got a casting call from a producer who was putting on "Carnival".

The show opens with an actor, alone on stage, playing the theme song "Love makes the World Go 'Round" on a concertina.

The producer said he had tried an accordion in the pit, but it didn't sound right.

So I did an audition, and got the position.

Now, the next thing was to provide the actor with a concertina.

So I took an old 20-button Anglo and gutted it.

Then, during rehersals I had a spotlight trained on my hands so the actor could copy the moves.

Mostly, they just pump away!

 

Bob Hope in the Paleface

Bing Crosby in High Society

Desi Arnez in Forever Darling

Stan Laurel in The Big Noise

? in The Milagro Beanfield War

Alf Edwards in Moby Dick?

 

Cheers,

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I should have posted a picture of the box.. I have always maintained this was an armoured Anglo-German made during WWII for use on the Eastern Front.

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Also, early Stealth Technology, guarenteed not to give your position away when playing.

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There was a thread in the old forum system that got up to maybe 60 movies. It happened that I manually archived all of it on my computer (don't ask me why, but I did go to an engineering school). It is on my long ought-to-do list to get it posted back up here - really!

 

Meantime, good story. Think of us fellow addicts here when getting rid of boxes, Geo!

 

Ken

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Early in the movie North to Alaska, Fabian carries a 20 button Anglo into a saloon. Only some very brief playing, but it does make an appearance.

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Just noted in the WWII Bogart movie “Passage to Marseille”, a deck hand playing what looks like an Anglo makes about a ten second appearance.....

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