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    Has anyone mentioned the bowlback octave mandolin that appears quite prominently in several scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?

    Early in Eight Men Out there's a scene where David Strathairn, as White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte, leaves Charles Comiskey's office and walks back to his apartment. He goes past a pawnshop window with a mandolin hanging in it.
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    As weird as this sounds, there's a scene with a **forklift** playing a mandolin in Cars 2.
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    There's quite a bit of music, naturally, in "Bound For Glory," the Woody Guthrie bio-pic. It's a meandering but enjoyable film and mandolin in a number of scenes. Worth watching, I think.
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    Anyone in mandoland remember Rocky III,,when clubbers trainin hard and rockys' just playin around,,check out the band,,some guy is pickin an F-5,,don't remember what kind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Fagan View Post
    There's quite a bit of music, naturally, in "Bound For Glory," the Woody Guthrie bio-pic. It's a meandering but enjoyable film and mandolin in a number of scenes. Worth watching, I think.
    That's Tom Sauber on the mandolin in the scenes with Woody. Tom has done a lot of music of all sorts--old-time, bluegrass, cajun, country--on many recordings and he's appeared (as a musician) in several movies and on TV, He's part of my favorite old-time trio, Tom, Brad & Alice, with Brad Leftwich, and Alice Gerrard. Great player and great guy. More likely to be heard playing fiddle or banjo, but he can make anything with strings quake right smart.
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    Pursuant to Paul's comment, I'll just add, completely off-topic, that the collective knowledge displayed on the Cafe forums never ceases to amaze me!
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    Do Mandolin player references count? Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the diner just before Vegas.
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    My personal favorite use of mandolin in movies is the opening scene of "The Hangover." The music being played is the start of "That's Amore," by Dean Martin. The choir of angelic voices is accompanied by a cloud of trilling mandolins - it sounds like fifty of them. Hearing that through the surround sound system in the theater was a Wow moment I was not expecting. Naturally, so much happens in the movie of a much more entertaining nature it's easy to overlook that. But I remember!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rixter View Post
    My favorite mandolin sighting is the classic Humphrey Bogart movie "To Have And Have Not". Makes me wish they'd made records of movie soundtracks back in those days, the swing that pops up in various scenes is pretty tantalizing.
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    Well, that's Hoagy Carmichael's band, and there are certainly recordings of Hoagy Carmichael to be had.
    This is the song everyone remembers - as well they should. Charming tune, well-delivered by Ms Bacall.



    There's actually more mandolin presence in this one (played with his thumb ) but no Bacall.



    There is a soundtrack album for this, if anyone's interested. The audio is a bit better here.

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    Rudy Cipolla composed for and played on the soundtracks of Capone and Peggy Sue Got Married.

    I think there is a very short video of him playing solo in Peggy Sue Got Married.

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    This is the song everyone remembers - as well they should. Charming tune, well-delivered by Ms Bacall.

    There's actually more mandolin presence in this one (played with his thumb ) but no Bacall.
    To Have and Have Not is one of my favorite movies. Apart from the mandolin, we get a Bogart/Bacall pairing, great dialogue ("You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?"), and Hoagy Carmichael on the piano. Hoagy is in my Top Five of song writers, along with Fats Waller.

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    Hoagy isn't in this scene. Good thing, too.



    There's this SNL take on the scene.

    https://www.metatube.com/en/videos/4...-Have-Not-SNL/
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    I'll need to start watching the old Gene Autry and Roy Rogers shows and movies because in some of the movies I do remember one of the cowboys playing a taterbug. I have no idea which ones though! One of the things that got me interested in mandolins. I had no idea what it was and neither did anyone in my family at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    I'll need to start watching the old Gene Autry and Roy Rogers shows and movies because in some of the movies I do remember one of the cowboys playing a taterbug. I have no idea which ones though! One of the things that got me interested in mandolins. I had no idea what it was and neither did anyone in my family at the time.
    Shug Fisher played fiddle and mandolin in "Sons of The Pioneers," Roy Rogers's band. See the following thread:

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    Paul Buskirk played mandolin with Gene Autry. See:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-up-Gene-Autry
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    Of course, if they're anything other than taterbugs they're anachronistic. But then, it's Hollywood. They didn't care too much in Tinsel Town about historical accuracy until recently, and they still slide on this stuff all the time. The history wonks and the gotcha squad catch them up all the time. Some had issues with the goings on in "To Have And Have Not," I noticed as I was picking vid clips. It never ends ...
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