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Re: TV Show - Legacy Phone in Scene

Joseph (
Wed, 19 Oct 2005 07:07:37 -0700

On 18 Oct 2005 08:17:42 -0700, wrote:

> For many years, on TV the ringer sound for a telephone often did not
> match the telephone set shown. In earlier years a 300 set or separate
> bell box ringer would be used for a 500 set. In later years, a modern
> phone with an electronic ringer would still sound like a mechanical
> bell and vice versa.

TV isn't very good about matching phones with their real sounds. How
many shows have you seen where someone uses a pay phone and when they
insert the money it goes "ding-ding?" Ding-ding went out with the
demise of the three slot payphone (around the middle of the 60s.) I'm
guessing that most people casually wouldn't have a clue that the
ringing of a phone's sound was wrong. How many times have I seen a
show with a 2554 wall phone that rings with a dual gong ringer sound?

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