Italian Cinebox and Scopitone expert Michele Bovi has an amazing new book
out on the history of the film jukebox. It's written in Italian with an
English translation (the photo captions are just in Italian, though).
It's a very thorough history of the
invention and marketing of the competing "film jukeboxes" with
interviews of inventors, executives, producers, directors, and the
artists who appeared in the films.
There's a bunch of interesting
tidbits about folks such as Debbie Reynolds (her production company
made many of the US Scopitones), Francis Ford Coppola (who lost a small
fortune he invested in the new technology), Robert Altman (who directed
at least one Scopitone film), as well as details about the US Scopitones business's extensive ties to the mafia.
"Some pictures you might like to use on your site. I took these at London's Hayward Gallery a while ago in 1994 when there was an exhibition of optical illusions. I think the owner was Swiss. Half the machine was full of porn films. One of them can be seen in one of the small pics! A good example though and in good condition.
"Hi Spike, Thanks for answering my e-mail. The pix attached are of the shoot early Sixties taken from a slide. You're welcome to use them if you like. The cast was Smokey Warren on fence, Dottie Mae, Shorty Benjamin on Drums, Harvey Reynolds on Steel Guitar, And me, Jerry Hatton on Bass.I only saw the film on a Scopitone once after we did the shoot in NJ in PA. I found info about Scopitones when searching the net. Once again, Thanks For your help Jerry Hatton" If anyone has Jerry's Scopitones: Smokey Warren "Where the Old Red River Flows" (#K 242) & "Out Behind The Barn" (#K243) email me for his contact info, Thanks Jerry!
I found this little pic while looking for more info (there's not much) on the Cinebox , another film juke box that competed with Scopitone and was popular in The UK and Italy. It's taken from a PDF I found promoting "Weird And Wonderful Sydney". "Weird And Wonderful Sydney".pdf