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Apparently, around 5 years ago this video came about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZwjdGSqO0k

A brilliant song, and a great video. Somebody put thought into it and took the trouble to get it right. I wonder whose set up it might have been?
Thanks to Jimmy Cowman for the heads up!

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Looks like it was filmed in the Star Warehouse. Both the Amusement sign and clown behind Jim's head, floor color, hanging gold horse, crab. My mother took this photo in 1987 or 1988, and the Harrison song was released in 1987.

And just looked it up on Wikipedia which says this: "Two music videos were released for the single, both directed by Gary Weis. The first features Alexis Denisof trying to win the heart of a girl in an amusement arcade. While the girl watches Harrison and his band (including Jeff Lynne) in a movie viewer, the young man tries to win a toy ballerina for the girl. He succeeds, but the ballerina somehow drops into Harrison's performance, to the girl's amusement."
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superbly sublime story telling in this video
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The Big Gamble, BBC (filmed at Broadstairs, 1957)

No slots, despite the name, except a coin-op telescope (at 25:35) and the Peter Pan beachside railway only survives a council ban by a narrow majority.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa7os5cZeVw
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Wales News Archive: Llandudno Jukebox Factory
Includes assembly of rifle ranges and Tonmaster wall mounted jukeboxes. This would appear to be filmed at Arthur Brown's Automaten Distributors Ltd., Llandudno, North Wales.
B/W film sequence from BBC Wales news programme.
Shots: mls outdoor swimming pool; ext gv single storey building; pan workers make components in jukebox factory, manager is in suit & bow tie; women sit at desks & make parts of arcade games incl miniature Christmas trees; ms man tests rifle on shooting game; pan people assemble jukebox (plays EP records); man tests record selector; ms man puts record stack into jukebox; girls in cafe select song on jukebox & dance to music.

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Two New German Phonos Introduced To Great Britain
Automaten Distributors, Ltd., Holds First London Demonstration. Plan Others Thruout Country
LONDON, ENGLAND-Two new German phonographs are having a very big impact on Britain. They are the Weigandt "Tonmaster" and "Diplomat" machines, introduced to Britain by Arthur Brown, the genial and enterprising chief of Automaten Distributors Ltd. of Llandudno, North Wales. At the Grosvenor Court Hotel, this city, several days ago, Brown and his two chief executives, general manager D. M. White, and sales manager F. D. Caswell, who had been giving their first London demonstration of the phonos, sat down quietly for the first time in almost a week to do some addition. And the resultant sales figure was so satisfactory that similar shows are being planned in other parts of the country very soon, apart altogether from the January show at the ATA exhibition. In addition, their Norfolk/Lincs./Cambridgeshire area distributor, W. B. Stockdale, has decided to hold local shows of the machines in various places in his area. As well as the many orders that were placed by British operators for the "Tonmaster" and "Diplomat" phonos, Arthur Brown was able to open negotiations with Common-wealth operators when in London, and will shortly have something important to report in that direction, he said. Among sub-agents appointed were Medway Automatics Ltd., for Kent. Both partners, Mr. Harris and Mr. Valente, expressed their enthusiasm for the wall box in particular, which they think admirably suited for many locations in the south. Incidentally, the very first box to be sold was to George Rundle, the delightful old-stager showman, who gives his address as England's "Number One Cafe," Bagshott, and who said: "A juke box of quality like this makes me feel a gay youngster again. I'm thrilled with it." George must be all of 70! Another move by the Automaten organization is to set up a sales and spares service agency in London, almost at once. This is to help overseas buyers as well as those in the South of England. Automaten Distributors Ltd., is an importer and distributor of automatic machines. Arthur Brown has been in business in electronics for over twenty years and controls a television diffusion organization in North Wales together with other allied businesses. His executives and staff are therefore widely and thoroughly experienced in the matter of service calls of a more complex sort than those for juke boxes. And in the all-important spare-parts side of the business a very large and complete stock is already being carried and a "by-return" spares service to phone callers and telegrams is already being given to all operators. The spares are also attractively listed, pictured, and identified in the excellent manual that accompanies each box and the German instructions are fully translated in English. The "Tonmaster" is a 60-selection wall box which, because of its compactness and the fact that it can be hung at eye-level in the smallest possible space, makes it unusually appealing for a new range of locations altogether as well as for many existing locations. The "Tonmaster" holds 30 seven-inch discs; takes three-penny or six-penny coins; gives pre-selection on all 60 tunes; gives record-changing limits of from 3 to 18 seconds; has two built-in loud-speakers, with connections for extra speakers; has a ten-watt amplifier with overall consumption of 80 watts; is very attractively lit and coloured; and has provision for remote control of volume. The console "Diplomat" is a good-looking 120-selection box of more conventional appeal. It holds 60 7-inch discs, and can be adapted (as can the other) to take EP's. It takes 3d., 6d., and 1/-; all 120 tunes can be pre-selected; record changing takes from 5 to 25 seconds; by means of its six loud-speakers it features excellent third-dimensional sound; and there is provision for remote control. In both cases, attractive four-year repayment terms are being offered. In Arthur Brown, who owns the Automaton Distributors Ltd. firm, the juke-box industry has gained a fascinating, robust and enterprising character in business and in showmanship. It has been estimated that before he came into the jukebox industry he was the biggest single provider of entertainment to the people of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, both for local people and for the many thousands who flock into the famous North Wales resorts every Summer. Not only does he own and control a network of radio, television, record and appliance outlets (retail and rental), but he owns the famous Lido there. He is a great salesman himself, and he believes that demonstrations and advertising should play key parts in the routine sales promotion activities.
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Chip vending machine 1984
The world’s first automated fish and chip vending machine has gone on show in Edinburgh. The machine will cook your takeaway as you wait, and can be installed in any venue.
Electronic Gambling And Gaming Machines 1982

Wales Today: Race Electronics 1980
Employing silicon chip technology
South Wales-based company, Race Electronics, plan to use the silicon chip to control one-arm bandits and other gaming machines. The same micro-processor systems will also by used for machinery in factories generally.
Look North: Blackpool Slot Machines Exhibition 1975

Look North: Jukebox Collector 1975
Richard Duckenfield visits Liverpool to talk to Bob Proctor, who collects and repairs jukeboxes.
Scotland at Six: Vending Machines 1963
Convenience shopping in action - various types of coin-operated vending machines to make the life of the consumer quicker and easier.
Includes quick view of Stephenson's Rocket working model in action.
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Many Thanks PM for that last set of clips you posted ...
You have found me a clip of my 1960s Ditchburn coffee machine in action .... something I have trawled the internet for years looking for, and have never found. The clip in the film "Scotland at Six: Vending Machines 1963" - starts with the Ditchburn Hot Spa vending machine.

Here is my machine in the Ditchburn Collection:
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Again many thanks and all the best
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The earliest depictions of Jewish characters in British cinema tended to fall back on negative stereotypes. This Edwardian slapstick short employs the stock antisemitic character of the avaricious Jew: realising he put the wrong coin in a train station slot-machine, Levinsky tampers with the machine to retrieve it and is thrown out of the station by the guards. Taking the situation into his own hands, he runs through the streets carrying the cumbersome machine with the police in hot pursuit.
A Bad Day For Levinsky, 1909 film: BFIplayer
After evening scenes in London streets, including shopping and a shoe shine, this film focuses on London’s gambling options. First we see an amusement arcade, with a shooting game, slot machines, roulette and pinball, before extended scenes from inside a betting shop, with several great portraits of gamblers. This is a rush from a 1963 filmed made by Joan Littlewood looking at what Londoners did for fun.
Arcade from 1:57 to 2:53 BFIplayer
London at play, 60s style. These varied, fascinating scenes were shot in 1963 as part of a survey of London leisure by theatre director and filmmaker Joan Littlewood, and they offer a window into ordinary lives spent in the city centre. This London isn't exactly 'swinging': we move from the pinball and slot machines of an amusement arcade to a candid view of customers of a cheap and cheerful restaurant, lost in thought over a cuppa. A curtain call of Littlewood's stage hit Oh, What a Lovely War! is followed by scenes in a boxing gym.

The footage was shot for a film to support Littlewood's idea for a 'Fun Palace' - a huge movable construction that would house education and entertainment attractions. In 1963 Littlewood shot 60 reels of 16mm rushes around London to show what people currently did for leisure and to demonstrate that something else was needed. The film was finished but is now lost, and sadly Joan's Fun Palace never got built. However, the rushes paint a fantastic picture of the period, with many expertly filmed by cameraman Walter Lassally, who also shot We are the Lambeth Boys and A Taste of Honey.
Arcade - pinballs and bandits from 0:00 to 1:12 BFIplayer
Michael Clegg is his usual amiable self as he interviews three people working in Yorkshire in different artistic fields about their work. First up is renowned animal sculptor Sally Arnup, talking about her impressive bronze figures; followed by landscape and wildlife painter Neil Spillman, explaining his methods as he sits with easel on Skipwith Common; and lastly Jon Gresham giving a tour of his wonderful Penny Arcadia Museum at the then Ritz Cinema in Pocklington.

Sally Arnup, having studied at the Royal College of Art, arrived in York in the 1950s and continued to sculpt at her studios at Holtby until her death in 2015. She set up the first charity shop in York soon after her arrival, for Oxfam, and campaigned for people with learning disabilities after the local authority refused education provision for her son. The Penny Arcadia Museum in Pocklington, with its fine collection of vintage British, European and American slot machines, had just been opened, only to close again in 1994 after Jon Gresham’s unexpected death, eventually ending up with the International Arcade Museum in Pasadena, California. The work of all three has gone to build worldwide reputations.
Penny Arcadia Museum tour from 14:42 to 24:20 BFIplayer
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John was my inspiration to start collecting again in the late '80s, laying foundations for Old Penny Memories. He was a good friend.
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Rowe Manufacturing Co. Inc. Candy Merchant vending machine sales film

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3 pages of other "arcade explorations" I've done, at http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/searc ... xploration
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Blood for a Silver Dollar theme with bandits.

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Destroying slot machines, Sydney, Australia - British Pathe, 1939

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Bloody hooligans.
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Here is a nice compilation of Blackpool in the 1960s. Some arcade machines and lots of nostalgia.

https://youtu.be/kK15TOZkk6k
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The new Netflix series "Poker Face" features a row of what are either Aristocrat Nevadas or late Pace "Primadonna" bandits (I can’t quite tell which, but I think Pace) on display in the casino boss's office. They can be clearly seen in the show (episode 1 only) and can just be glimpsed in the trailer:

https://youtu.be/4x2NzusLAqk
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coppinpr wrote: Tue May 30, 2023 8:06 am The new Netflix series "Poker Face" features a row of what are either Aristocrat Nevadas or late Pace "Primadonna" bandits (I can’t quite tell which, but I think Pace) on display in the casino boss's office. They can be clearly seen in the show (episode 1 only) and can just be glimpsed in the
In America they get very confused about the difference between a Pace and Aristocrat. A number of machines like below have been sold and described as Pace https://www.icollector.com/25-Cent-Pace ... _i15046544

But they are Aristocrats on a built in stand with cash tray inset. The reel windows on Aristocrat is offset to the escalator and there is a coin return on the left, plus the coin entries are distinctive.
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tallstory wrote: Mon May 29, 2023 9:27 am Here is a nice compilation of Blackpool in the 1960s. Some arcade machines and lots of nostalgia.

https://youtu.be/kK15TOZkk6k
The big floor standing dome top machine was called Pontoon and made by Shields here in Bridlington, They also did a football theme same machine. Their success all came to a very sad ending.
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