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    A Sheaffer Snorkel is mentioned but not seen during a recitation of possessions in Truffaut’s Tirez sur le pianiste/Shoot the Piano Player (1960).

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    The entire exchange:

    Fido (kid): What's that?
    Ernest (driver): A musical lighter.
    F: That's great.
    Momo (other guy): Show him your watch.
    E: Look. And I've got a gadget that rings when the parking meter is up. (pauses)
    F: Is that it?
    E: A new Snorkel-brand pen from America with automatic refill and retractable nib. A fiber belt from Oceania. A hat for the tropics. My suit's from London, made of Australian wool. I have vented shoes of Egyptian leather. I've got so much stuff I could puke.

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    "Red-Headed Woman" is a 1932 Pre-Code film starring Jean Harlow as the assertive and sexually promiscuous Lillian "Red" Andrews who is determined to manipulate and seduce her way up the social ladder. In this scene, one of the characters uses a screw top vest pen to write out a check for "Red".

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    Looks like a short lever above his thumb, and a Conklin-shaped clip if I use my imagination (which I use constantly).

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    The Resistant Banker, depicting Amsterdam in 1942. Alas, the focus of the scene isn't sharp.

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    "A-Bombs over Nevada" is a 2016 documentary about atomic weapons testing during the 1950's and 60's. Here is a scene where President Kennedy signs the ban on testing using Esterbrook pens. Oddly enough the pens are kept nib up:

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    At an hour and a minute into Jason Bourne, the character Malcolm Smith writes in London with a silver-capped pen whose cap looks like it has a white star.

    The pen isn't very sharp in the sequence, but it still jumped out at me.
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    Last night I saw a very interesting PBS documentary called "The Eugenics Crusade: American Experience" that had many scenes with dip pens. In this scene two soldiers use fountain pens to fill out an exam prepared by the very racist promoters of the so-called "eugenics science" allegedly designed to detect "feebleminded" people.

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    The soldier on the right is using a flat top pen with an accommodation clip. The one on the left is surely a time traveling FPGeek that seems to be using a Lamy 2000.

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    pretty much any photo I have seen with JFK has always been an Estie.

    Nib up bc he has to dip them...............no bladder
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    In last week's episode of "Hawaii 5-0", the main character (Steve McGarret) looks through a 1941 cold case file and finds a Parker pen clipped to one of the folders:

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    Upon closer inspection the pen is a period correct Parker Vacumatic with the initials "SM" that, according to the story line, belonged to McGarret's grandfather who had his same name.

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    Great work by the "Hawaii 5-0" prop team!

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    During the TV mini-series "The Little Drummer Girl", the main character Charmian "Charlie" Ross picks up a pen to forge a letter:

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    Upon closer inspection it turns out to be a modern Conklin Duragraph, which is not period appropriate as events supposedly occur in 1979:

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    No picture this time as my Hulu connection was misbehaving.

    Last night I watched the Norwegian film "The 12th Man" that deals with events during World War II in 1943. Everything seemed correct until a Nazi SS officer used a modern Lamy Safari to write with. Absolutely inexcusable!!!

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    This is from a recent Ulta Beauty Xmas TV ad:

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    The nib says Parker but I don't really know what model.

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    Hollywood seems to believe that a fountain pen is a fountain pen, and a six-shooter is a six-shooter (lots of period-incorrect firearms in Westerns). I've seen threads similar to this on gun forums, and it makes me wonder about analogous ones on, say, footwear-enthusiast websites. I can just imagine a post from such a forum: "The story is set in 1905, but those boots were obviously stitched by a self-reciprocating Waterman-Wurlitzer model 45ACP, which wasn't produced until 1922."
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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    The nib says Parker but I don't really know what model.
    Think it could be an IM.

    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    Hollywood seems to believe that a fountain pen is a fountain pen, and a six-shooter is a six-shooter (lots of period-incorrect firearms in Westerns). I've seen threads similar to this on gun forums, and it makes me wonder about analogous ones on, say, footwear-enthusiast websites. I can just imagine a post from such a forum: "The story is set in 1905, but those boots were obviously stitched by a self-reciprocating Waterman-Wurlitzer model 45ACP, which wasn't produced until 1922."


    Mind you, I laugh but I've participated in lampooning many an example of foolish woodworking practice as depicted on television. i.e. 99% of it. The thing is, if the stuff we know about is wrong, how can we believe any of the rest...?

    As to sightings, flicking through the channels I briefly landed on Googlebox as the participants were commenting on Mrs Wilson, wherein she was being given an overlay FP. They were not impressed with it as a gift, whereas I thought it might have been an example of Henry Simpole's work and thus was much more so. Someone in the UK with a more athletic download speed than mine might be able to locate it via iPlayer, but owing to the secondhand nature of the sighting, I couldn't tell you were.

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    In a recent TV documentary about the life of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung for those who remember) there is a scene of a group of Chinese students and intellectuals writing down some notes:

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    Most are writing with dip pens (and one of them with an ink bottle on hand) but in the foreground the writer appears to be using a Conway Stewart.

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