PhonoMovie Ephemera

Stills, Screenshots, Lobby Cards, Movie Clips and other Ephemera with Phonograph Connections.


By Doug Boilesen, 2023*

Each movie in Phonographia's Phonographs in the Movies has at least one phonograph related connection in its story.

The following are some examples of movie stills, lobby cards, movie clips and other ephemera connected with Phonographia's list of Phonographs in the Movies.

Scroll through the following PhonoMovie Ephemera, see the full list of Phonographs in the Movies, or go to the PhonoMovie Clips and Cartoons in the Table of Contents for movie clips and cartoons available for viewing.


All the Light We Cannot See, Netflix (2023)


For additional screenshots and the more information on Debussy's "Clair de Lune," visit Phonographia's "All the Light."


Almost Famous, Columbia Pictures (2000)


A Nous la Liberte (1931)


Becky (1927)


BlueBeard's Ten Honeymoons (1960)

George Sanders playing phonograph record, Monogram Pictures 1960


Booby Dupes (The Three Stooges) (Columbia Pictures, 1945)

"What's the name of this record?" asks Moe.

"Don't chop the wood, Mother, Father's coming home with a load."


This is the first of two Phonograph in the Movie scenes in Booby Dupes.

WATCH Movie Clip for Curly's "Radio" in the Fish Truck


The final scene in Booby Dupes is the second Phonograph in the Movie scene with this one featuring the "Victrola" being connected to a propeller which powers the stooges to safety.

WATCH Movie Clip for "Saved by the Victrola" (Disclaimer)

"I saved the Victrola!" says Curly.

"Gimme that propeller!" says Moe.

Moe connects the "Victrola" to a propeller which powers them to safety.



Busy Bodies (Laurel and Hardy, MGM 1933)


WATCH Movie Clip



Cadillac Records (2008)



Cast a Giant Shadow (1966 United Artists)



The City of Lost Children (1995 Sony Picture Classics, ©1995)

WATCH Movie Clip



Colette (2018)

French parlor circa 1903 in the 2018 movie Colette (Courtesy of Bleeker Street, Lionsgate &


Dear Ruth (1947)

Dear Ruth, Edward Arnold, Irving Bacon who is holding a RECORD PLAYER, and Mary Philips. (1947)


Diner (1982)


Diner, Ellen Barkin and Daniel Stern, Warner Bros., 1982.

Watch this scene on YouTube's senorrogers channel.

Ellen Barkin has played an LP and put it back in the wrong place and her husband Daniel Stern goes ballistic when he discovers her mistake. It's a painful scene to watch. Yes, it's interesting to know what's on the "B-Side" but Stern, despite his love for LPs and his record player, can't be a Friend of the Phonograph with his obsessive LP filing system which he thinks justifies his abusive behavior. A personal album filing system is clever and funny in High Fidelity but far from it in Diner).

One Factola that was discovered in the comments section written by Thomas Lynch who noted the following about the record played by Barkin:

What's really funny about this scene is the camera focuses on the label of the record playing- a turquoise Capitol label that would accompany a Gene Vincent or Tennessee Ernie Ford Capitol label LP. But what is playing? "Having Fun" by Memphis Slim, recorded for Chess Records, which would have been on a black label with silver lettering. Almost a perfect film moment.



The Durrells in Corfu (2016)

Keeley Hawes stars as Louisa Durrell, a widow here in their English home, who will soon move her dysfunctional family to Corfu, a sunny Greek island. Victor Talking Machine pictured but model is unknown.



Edison, The Man starring Spencer Tracy and Rita Johnson. (1940)


See "Edison in Hollywood: the Belated Infancy of the Phonograph" by Allen Koenigsberg, The Antique Phonograph, 2016, for an interesting article related to an anecdote about Edison's first-born son "which linked the birth of Thomas A. Edison Jr. with the advent of the phonograph, and the paternalistic scene is shown in the movie and on this Lobby Card."


Lobby Card courtesy Allen Koenigsberg from his article originally titled "Edison in Hollywood Or... “Of What Use is a [Pinched] Baby?” Ibid.


WATCH Movie Clip (Courtesy MGM and The Victrolaguy) (PM-1037)




The Emperor's Waltz (1948)

Bing Crosby holding Victor and Joan Fontaine.



Everybody Sing (1938)


Five Easy Pieces, Columbia Pictures (1970)

Five Easy Pieces, "Stand By Your Man", Columbia Pictures (1970)


Flip the Frog, "The Office Boy" (MGM, 1932)

Flip the Frog, "The Office Boy" cartoon by Ub Iwerks, (MGM, 1932) - WATCH


Funny Lady, upright phonograph in corner of Fanny Brice's dressing room (Columbia Pictures, 1975)



"The Eternal Columbine" 1918

The Talking Machine World, February 15, 1918



Gigot (1962)

Gigot (1962)


Gents without Cents, (1944)

WATCH clip from Gents without Cents, Curly Howard (Columbia Pictures, 1944)



Ghost World (2001)

Ghost World (Produced by Advanced Medien, Granada Film, Jersey Shore & Mr. Mudd) (United Artists, 2001)

Enid (Thora Birch) goes through Seymour's (Steve Buscemi) record collection of 78's.


Go Go Amigo (1965)

Go Go Amigo (Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales, ©Warner Bros. 1965)

Watch Movie Trailer Clip.


Good Morning, Vietnam (1988)

Good Morning, Vietnam (Touchstone Pictures, 1988)


High Fidelity (2000)

Inside Rob's (John Cusack) Championship Vinyl Record Store - High Fidelity (Touchstone Pictures ©2000)

WATCH High Fidelity Movie Trailer Intro (20 seconds)


WATCH How to Organize Record Albums Discussion


If Anything Happens I Love You (2020)



The Immortal Voice (1923)

The Immortal Voice (Bray Studios, 1923) Columbia Phonograph. Watch Movie courtesy Library of Congress.


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


It's a Wonderful Life (1947)

The honeymoon night dinner. Cooking chicken on a spit powered by phonograph while playing a record.


The most dramatic scene of the movie for Friends of the Phonograph is the Victrola XVI playing "Buffalo Gals" and after an argument with Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed smashes the innocent record to pieces.

WATCH Clip from this Scene

For a movie review see Friends of the Phonograph Movie Reviews: It's a Wonderful Life.


Juliet, Naked (1947)

Juliet, Naked (1947)


Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

"Quite a stack of records you've got here..." says private Detective Mike Hammer to the owner of the Caruso record Hammer snaps in two, an action he hopes will encourage some answers to his questions. Watch this movie clip courtesy of Graham Dunning and United Artists.


Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Warner Bros., 1950)



Ladies Courageous (1944)

Loretta Young in Ladies Courageous (Universal Pictures, 1944)


Maestro (2023)

Shirley Ellis "The Clapping Song (Clap-Pat-Clap-Slap)" 1965

LISTEN to Shirley Ellis "The Clapping Song"



Man on the Moon (1999)


Jim Carey as Andy Kaufman singing the Mighty Mouse Theme Song on Saturday Night Live using 1960 RCA Victor portable record player. (Universal Film Company, Mutual Film Company, et al.)

See the "Mighty Mouse Theme Song and Andy Kaufman" for more details about this scene.

LISTEN to "Mighty Mouse Theme Song.


Children's record player as seen in original trailer for "Man on the Moon."


My Fair Lady (1964)


My Fair Lady (1964)


The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

The Madwoman of Chaillot (Warner Bros-Seven Arts, Inc., 1969)


Mars Attacks (1996)

Martians about to zap Florence wearing her headphones and listening to phonograph record of Slim Whitman's Indian Love Call.

Turntable playing record with headphones plugged in.

Headphones plug is jerked out by a startled Florence sharply turning her head when she sees the Martians.

Music is now coming out of the speakers and the Martians hear it with great distress.

Martians' heads explode when they hear Slim Whitman singing Indian Love Call. Learning about this Martian vulnerability the rest of the world plays Indian Love Call to defeat the Martians and Earth is saved.

Mars Attacks, Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros. ©1996.



The Mechanic (2011)

The Mechanic (Millenium Films, 2011)


Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Miramax Films ©1990.


The Mysterious Mr. Valentine (1946)

The Mysterious Mr. Valentine, Republic Pictures 1946


Never On Sunday (1960)

Never On Sunday (Lopert Pictures, 1960)



Night of the Iguana (1964)

WATCH clip from this scene

Night of the Iguana (1964)


Nipper runs amok! (1900)

Nipper Runs Amok! (1900) Courtesy of EMI Archive Trust 1997. WATCH the 700 photographs "Mutoscope" film.


Office Space (1999)

Office Space (1999)


"Oh, You Beautiful Doll"(1929)

"Oh, You Beautiful Doll," Max Fleischer (1929)



One Last Fling (1949)

One Last Fling (Warber Bros., 1949)


Out of Africa (1985)

Out of Africa (Mirage Enterprises, 1985)


Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

In his circus trailer there is a portrait on the wall of Edison with his tinfoil Phonograph. Oscar the Magician (and future Wizard of Oz) says he's not a good man. The woman tells him that he could be a good man if he wanted to be one. Oscar replies that he doesn't "want to be a good man. I want to be a great one. I want to be Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison all rolled into one." (Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures).


Photograph taken in Mathew Brady's Studio, April 19, 1878 of Edison and his "Brady" tinfoil Phonograph. (Courtesy Library of Congress).


Pay as you Exit (1936)

Pay as you Exit (Our Gang - The Little Rascals, 1936)


Peabody's Improbable History - Beethoven (1960)

Peabody's Improbable History - Beethoven, Episode 59 (c. 1960) ©Jay Ward Productions.



Pennies from Heaven (1981)



Penny Seranade (1941)

Penny Seranade (1941)


Pluto's Blue Note (1947)

WATCH Clip of Pluto's Blue Note, Walt Disney (1947)


The Producer(1967)


The Producers, Embassy Pictures (1967)


Record City (1977)

Record City (1977)


Rio Rita (1942)

Kathryn Grayson as Rita Winslow in this Abbot and Costello 1942 M-G-M comedy


Rocky and Bullwinkle (1960)

WATCH clip of Mr. Know-It All and Owning a Hi-Fi (c. 1960) Rocky and Bullwinkle ©Jay Ward Productions.

Mr. Know-it-All explaining the amplifer dial (c. 1960) Rocky and Bullwinkle ©Jay Ward Productions.

For more Rocky and Bullwinkle Phonograph Connections See Rocky and Bullwinkle in PhonoToons.


The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)


The Royal Tenenbaums, playing an LP in the tent (2002)


Running with Scissors (2006)

Running with Scissors (2006)


Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson - Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, United Artists Picture, 1928.


Safety First (1923)



The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Andy Dufresne sitting in the warden's office and playing a phonograph record of Mozart’s Duettino-Sull’aria from the Marriage of Figaro over the prison's loudspeaker system.

The Shawshank Redemption, Castle Rock Entertainment; Distributed by Columbia Pictures, 1994.



The Signal (2024)





Removing the cover from the Golden Record, listening to "Hello," touching stylus to move it from its stuck groove, and listening to the rest of the record. (Courtesy Netflix, German TV Limited Series, Episode 4, 2024).


Song of Surrender (1949)

Song of Surrender- Wanda Hendrix, Claude Rains and Macdonald Carey, Paramount Pictures, 1949


Songcatcher (2000)

WATCH First Song Caught clip - Songcatcher (Touchstone Pictures ©2000)


WATCH Catching Grannie's Love Songs - Songcatcher (Touchstone Pictures ©2000)


Disaster! Songcatcher (Touchstone Pictures ©2000)



Son of Paleface (1952)

Son of Paleface (Bob Hope and Jane Russell, Paramount Pictures, 1952)


Stardust (2007)

Stardust - Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Paramount Pictures, 2007.


The Stationmaster's Wife (1977)

The Stationmaster's Wife, TV Movie directed by Rainer Werner Fossbinder, 1977


The Stenographer's Friend (1910)

WATCH The Stenographer's Friend, Edison Manufacturing Co., 1910.


Sweet Land (2005)

Sweet Land, © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., 2005.


Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

Tarzan the Fearless, Buster Crabbe as Tarzan, A Principal Adventure Picture, 1933.



Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Twentieth Century-Fox Productions, Ltd. , 1965. (Gramophone is on small table.)


Thunderbirds (1952)

Thunderbirds, with Gene Derek listening to gramophone in Army barracks, Republic Pictures, 1952.


Thunder Island (1963)

Thunder Island, 20th Century Fox, 1963



Tomorrowland (2015)

For additional Tomorrowland details and movie stills see Phonographia's The Eiffel Tower, an Edison Record and Tomorrowland.


Too Young to Love (1959)

Pauline Hahn got in with the wrong crowd and an older man in the 1959 British drama film Too Young to Love.


Toy Story 2 (1999)

WATCH Clip from Toy Story 2, Walt Disney Pictures, 1999.


Two Sisters from Boston (1946)

Two Sisters from Boston, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1946


Two Sisters from Boston movie review, Life Magazine, May 13, 1946


Up (2009)

Gramophone in corner of room (Disney-Pixar, 2009)


A Very Long Engagement (1994)

A Very Long Engagement , Warner Bros., 1994

WATCH Movie Clip


Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

Unaccustomed As We Are (MGM, 1929) Hal Roach presents Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, A Victor Recording - Western Electric System.


The Voice of the Violin (1915)



Edison Diamond Disc Louis XV A-375 Phonograph in the Edison Music Room at Orange, N.J. with Jack McLean, the violinist. (Note: Grill is not standard for this model).

For more details about this movie See Phonographia's "The Voice of the Violin."



The Wanters (1923)



Ad for The Swanson Portable, said to play an important part in the feature picture "The Wanters." The Talking Machine World, September 15, 1923.


The Talking Machine World, May 15, 1923.



The Winning Team (1952)

The Winning Team (Warner Bros., 1952)


Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf (1966)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf (1966)


Without a Clue (1988)

Sherlock reading the paper after blowing up Dr. Watson's experiment and smoke is filling the room.




Women in Love (1969)

Women in Love - Glenda Jackson and Jennie Linden, United Artists (1969)


Young Man With Ideas (1952)

Young Man With Ideas (MGM, 1952)



John Wayne with Edison Triumph Phonograph - Unknown movie



Television Shows


The Addams Family, ABC-TV Screenshot (1966)

Wednesday Addams (Lisa Loring) puts the needle on the Victor III's record and then dances. See original clip Season 2, Episode 29 on MGM Presents (© 1964-1965 Orion Pictures Corporation). April 1, 1966 on ABC-TV.




*Note: The Phonograph in the Movies list and its ephemera are a Work in Progress.

Additions, corrections and questions are always welcomed.