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Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?

By Jackontherocks

9 years ago

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#487 5 years ago

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
with Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Walter Brennan and Robert Ryan and Anne Francis
There is a 2-3 minute scene in a cafe diner with Robert Ryan playing a Genco Follies of 1940 in background
while Ernst and Spencer duke it out, actually the outmatched (one armed) Spencer uses karate/judo to combat the burly Ernst.

Movie takes place just after the end of WWII in a small desert town in California.



#489 5 years ago
Quoted from Svendtube:

bad movie from 1980

soon to be a pinball cult classic

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#1039 3 years ago

in Opening scene in new TV show Alex Inc on ABC WED nite
in the background of some hi tech business office
are a BLY Bow and Arrow EM pin
and a Bingo (dual card) called Stardust.

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#1059 3 years ago

WMS Riverboat Gambler
is other pin above

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#1084 3 years ago

Guessing Paragon for the yellow one behind blondie.

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#1108 3 years ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Diet Dr Pepper commercial Expressway in the background can't make out the other.

I think the other one is a Classic Stern Flight 2000, with giant planet blocking out some of the BG artwork for copyright protection reasons.

Actually this new commercial is for Cherry Dr. Pepper (Diet and not) Cherry on!
Chariot, thus the tiny horse pulling a roman chariot.

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#1146 3 years ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

New Dr. Pepper commercial has two pins in back not sure what they are and made up versions

See posts #1098 and #1108 for info on those pins.

#1151 3 years ago

Just saw this commercial on TV today for the Oregon State Fair.
Looks like the rethemed a CCoin Top Ten

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#1248 3 years ago

BLY Boomerang

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#1269 2 years ago

Just saw the new Michael Myers movie with my wife on Halloween.
Fairly quick into the movie there is a scene (as mentioned in previous posts above)
of a sheriff playing a Back to the Future pinball machine at a Quicky Stop store for
about 10 seconds while some jive talking dude tries to psych him about never beating his high score.
The producers even gave the Data East Pin and Universal an end credit
(Universal owns the Back to Future franchise,
so that is probably why the game was intact without any cover up of TM materials.
This remake is released by Universal)

#1272 2 years ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

paid detailed attention to all the credits

Actually i was just waiting thru the final credits hoping there would be some easter egg
about what might be coming next from Michael Myers, (just some heavy breathing at the end)
and the pinball credit was near the very end and kinda stuck out like a sore thumb
compared to the usual very very end credits and acknowledgements.

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#1299 2 years ago

Looks like Atari. Superman.

#1311 2 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Williams Full House or Top Hand.

2 seconds too late
ha ha Alex

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#1318 2 years ago

Frank Capra's Meet John Doe 1941
A political Xmas Movie
Pinball machine and payout machine in a diner
where Gary Cooper and Water Brennan are on the lam
from Barbara Stanwyck and Edward Arnold

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#1346 2 years ago
Quoted from Mopar:

Not being some much into woodrails, not sure on the title..

looks like a bingo game

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#1362 2 years ago

Might have been mentioned before, but in rewatching Sons of Anarchy on DVD; noticed a BLY Expressway pin in the offices of the Mayans MC in Stockton in the final season about the time Juice turns himself into the club.

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#1387 2 years ago

actually 5 pins in the photo
do not forget about the WMS Triple Strike hiding behind Booby Orr

#1392 2 years ago
Quoted from OTTOgd:

what pin is in the latest The Walking Dead S09E11

paint job graphics look to be a WMS EM

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#1456 2 years ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Wonder if he really is into pinball.

I know that Q is into pinball,
as he helped host the Stern Pro circuit championship
earlier this month in Chicago.
Q is also part of the Pinball Twinz spoof.
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#1475 2 years ago

Has anyone mentioned the GTB Pro Football in Dan Patricks office at his new studio/mancave on directv audience channel show. Next to previously mentioned dale earnhart nascar and nba fastbreak pins.

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#1510 2 years ago
Quoted from Captainhook:

machines, Eight Ball Deluxe, Pacman and I have no idea?

WMS Lazer Ball?

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#1571 2 years ago

what about WMS Pharoah

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#1604 2 years ago
Quoted from Timerider:

Subject of question on the BBC panel show "QI"

When i lived in the UK (Scotland) 2012-2013
i remember watching and enjoying this quiz show fondly,
but at that time Stephen Fry was the host.
It was always educational and informative and funny.
Not really a game show, as no one won money, as the contestants were all british celebs.
More of a comedy show than quiz show.

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#1636 2 years ago
Quoted from OTTOgd:

The third episode of the Swamp Thing has a pin which I can't immediately identify

The CAB artwork does confirm it is likely BLY Firecracker

the red/green at mid top of the BG might just be a reflection of some neon sign in the bar.

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#1670 2 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

"pinball stereotype"

But the vast majority of the audience has not seen, let alone played or heard a EM pinball machine
with bells and chimes in over 40 yrs,
so basically anyone under 50 would not be familiar with said vintage pinball sounds.
I get where chimes and bells is more exclusive to pinball sounds,
but electronic sounds (without voice) from classic S/S pins ('78to'88) are also fairly unique to pinball or video arcade games.
TV/Movie producers that choose E/M sounds over actual pinball sounds on Pinball DMD games (1992 or newer)
is living with their heads in the sand.

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#1679 2 years ago

Jay and Silent Bob reboot movie, scene in banksy's comic book store at the mall has a GTB Spiderman pinball machine in background of several scenes. Sorry no video or stills available yet.

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#1685 1 year ago

The one in the middle in GTB Skill Pool from 1952


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#1698 1 year ago

Did it have bells and chime sounds or authentic modern day pinball sounds?

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#1700 1 year ago

Oregon State Lottery commercial on TV during LSSC.
Some random bar scene (studio) promoting the Lottery.
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One of the EM pins is GTB Surfer
the other looks to be a WMS western themed game. Maybe Rancho?

Added 21 months ago:

The 2nd pin is probably Sonic Prospector and not a WMS, upon closer inspection of another ORegon Lottery commercial.

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#1725 1 year ago

Last night on TCM they showed the 1956 MGM movie starring Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Lauren Bacall, "Written in the Wind" In two scenes at a local oil field Texas dive bar, there are 2 pinball machines. One is a fliiperless pin I think, cannot make out name, but other is CCoin. The Thing, and in one scene the Thing actual gets played with some close up shots of balls bouncing around. Sorry unable to get any screenshots to post..

#1729 1 year ago

Looks like a bingo with a Polynesian theme

#1742 1 year ago

This WED Channel 6 KOIN Portland will be doing a profile on current Female IFPA champion.
or maybe it already aired last WED.


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#1761 1 year ago

From Route 66 show clip, it appears the pin closest (on the right)
is a WMS Reserve, mostly ID'd from Cabinet paint scheme.
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Game on the left appears to be a GTB Wedgehead. But can not ID yet.

Since the time for wedgeheads prior to mid 1963 is limited and studying ipdb.org
and looking at score reel placement within the BG frame,
I have deduced that the other game is GTB Tropic Isle.
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#1763 1 year ago

When you blow up the Route 66 screen snap,
which i tried to show attached, I feel fairly confident that it is Tropic Isle.
I admit that in its fuzzy out of focus state, it is far from clear.
The score reels are in the correct spot for Tropic Isle
and from 1960 to 1963, GTB only had a couple dozen wedge heads released up until then,
& I eliminated all the pins with score reels in top half of the Backglass.
The Hawaiian beauty silhouette head and bust on the left of the BG is definitely there
and on the right the little dark blob is the parrot, the hi score to date is in the right spot.

#1766 1 year ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

BTW, The "Blob" on the right is a monkey (IPDB).

The dark blob i was referring to is indeed a parrot.
The monkeys are Backglass light animation, as they climb the palm tree trunk
and only can be seen easily when the light bulb behind the Glass is lit up,
at each stage progression, (completing the ABCD spot targets each time).

#1768 1 year ago
Quoted from Honch:

Gomez Addams on the 1960's TV show, plays a 1960 Dancing Dolls.

Was watching PlutoTV
Addams Family S2E3
Dancing Dolls.
Was pointed out previously on post#101, but without any photos.
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#1770 1 year ago

you will also notice that they added side panels that light up to the backbox,
As well as a modified plunger (extra long)

Love to know where that game (movie prop) ended up

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#1774 1 year ago
Quoted from bob_e:

Young Sheldon, there was a Dukes of Hazard on the TV Sheldon was watching

Actually it was a flashback that his older brother (Georgie) was having, when asked by his sis (Missy)
if he ever had a crush on someone, when he was young.

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#1804 1 year ago

looks like it is a game disguised in part but basically BLY Expressway.

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#1817 1 year ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

The Crow from 1994, not sure of game

Zoom in on Score cards and it says Night Rider

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#1850 1 year ago

I thought it was a Classic Stern, but was looking too yellow in the cropped photo,
probably from badly faded cabinet
or bad color TV set reception

The other pin looks like it could be a 4player EM, but so blurry it could be a S/S pin.

#1854 1 year ago
Quoted from Mardi-Gras-Man:

The other one is a STRATO-FLITE

I think you are right.
Score Reels are in correct place
and blurry image and name look to be good match.
late 70s GTBs 4P score reels are in a different configurations.

#1856 1 year ago

My wife was watching on the CW network last night a new show
Called Katy Keene ( part of the Archie Riverdale productions)
Anyway there were several scenes that take place in a Cabaret bar
( that is the regular hang out for the cast apparently);
and there was at least one EM pin in the background,
but i was not able to determine what game it was
nor to grab any photos.
An aside about the show,
It is kinda soap operaee,
with lots and lots of musical numbers that bring the story forward
or at least tries to bring it forward,
Not exactly our cup of tea,
if it did not have the song and dance every 5 minutes,
my wife said she might have tuned in again.

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#1881 1 year ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

I am starting to lose track.

Yup, I agree. As I saw a film last night that had a whole row of pins in a elongated scene featured promptly,
but am going to try to do a search in this topic
with movie name, to verify if posted before prior to me posting about it.
chances are it was posted before, but worth the try,
might add it anyway since i have fairly decent screenshots.

#1883 1 year ago

Well after a cursory search the movie
American Graffiti was cited previously in post#240
& #242 (with actual list of pin names from the scene),
but with no photos or screen shots
so see below for the scene.
One correction to post #242 list,
the WMS Pitch&Bat is Ball Park not Base Hit that is shown in the scene.
Scene is where Richard Dreyfuss character is forced to cover for the gang
"The Pharaohs" breaking into the machines for money,
they then take a liking to him and suggest he joins.

Wondering how many of the youth back in the day,
this exact scenario was their introduction
to the juvenile delinquent lifestyle.

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#1884 1 year ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

As long as people type the name of the show when posting

Assuming they spell it correctly.
Movies probably easier to search and sort thru,
TV shows maybe a bit harder as there are multiple episodes to possibly search thru.

#1902 1 year ago

The other unamed pin has a European feel to it, what with the placement/positioning of the score reels.

#1904 1 year ago

It's a Zaccaria UNIVERSE. Good pull.
At least my instincts about it being a foreign make were right on.
The Fort Apache game ID pulls, I can see the strikes and spares but how did you get the other two, my eyes. Can not unfocus those details

#1907 1 year ago

With the blue displays and some of the CAB art looks like one is GTB Solar Ride.

#1910 1 year ago

I stand corrected, should have double checked on ipdb
You are exactly right, when i saw the colors of the CAB and flame on front,
I had Solar Ride on my mind, but you are absolutely correct.
Now what is the other one behind the black gal playing pinball.?

#1954 1 year ago

Found this in another recent pinside thread ( Mata Hari Club)
When a Stranger Calls 1979
Bar scene
Hot Tip and Mata Hari

see post #461
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#1970 1 year ago
Quoted from Rolls-Royce:

"The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day"(2009)

ID of pins are GTB Sittin Pretty and WMS Super/Deluxe World Series (from 1951)

#1983 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

The first person that can tell me which pinball machine I saw in a ski resort in an early Mission Impossible gets a bisquit or a cookie.

CCoin Sun Valley??
since MI TV series started in 1966

#1993 1 year ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Quoted from o-din:
The first person that can tell me which pinball machine I saw in a ski resort in an early Mission Impossible gets a bisquit or a cookie.

CCoin Sun Valley??
since MI TV series started in 1966

Can I change my answer to WMS Ski Club or Alpine Club
or maybe BLY the Wiggler

#2003 1 year ago

It is actually Hi Hand (Williams woodrail kinda bingo poker game (no pops)).
Not to be confused with GTB High Hand.

#2004 1 year ago
Quoted from ThatOneDude:

Single Parents

Betting background pin is a classic Stern Galaxy, with revised altered artwork on BG.
though background pin's CAB artwork is something i do not recognise or match to Galaxy.

The game the gal is playing appears to have habitrails, but bet you a dollar
the sounds were bells and chimes.

#2019 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

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Do not know the name of the Chuck Bronson movie, (Death Wish #17?)
but the Pin is a GTB Tropic Isle.

#2021 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

The Mechanic.

So is a wrench he is throwing at me?

#2043 1 year ago

The Bonus Balls Game looks like a 50s Bally Circus (similar to Balls a Poppin)

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#2058 1 year ago

WMS Skill Pool - reverse wedgehead
Show : Last of Summer Wine
The classic British sitcom
longest running show with 31 seasons (series) 1973-2010
Series4 Episode8
"The Bandit from Stoke-On-Trent"
Foggy feels threatened by Norman and Compo's old friend Amos, who is as great a blow-hard as himself.
There is some concern that Amos may be back in the village to rob the bank.
Photo is from scene where the boys are playing snooker at the pub.
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#2105 1 year ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Not sure about the Zig Zag,

I think TopMoose is correct about ZigZag (or Wing Ding)
definitely a reverse wedgehead, score reel placement match up and colors on BG make sense.
not that many reverse wedgeheads to contradict .

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#2156 1 year ago
Quoted from SonicZone:

My Three Sons (S01E16 - "Bub Leaves Home"): Nags (Williams, 1960)

I remember seeing this episode several times
and recognizing the game, but did not remember that the BG was altered.

#2178 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

I don't think I need to tell most of you what movie that is.

"The Wienie Bunch?"

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#2213 1 year ago

I know those guys
Don't bogart that joint fellas.

#2215 1 year ago

I think they were both partaking.
First guy (with medium length hair) in 2nd photo and long hair guy in last photo.

But exactly where was the beach boardwalk?
Bay area or LA or Orange county?

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#2282 1 year ago

MTV The Osbournes
S1 Ep1 & Ep4
The Addams Family pin plus one other pin (maybe Pin2000 Star Wars?)
is in their game room as they are moving into their new house.
Will try to get a screenshot, but its fairly blurry.
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#2289 1 year ago

Pee Wee's Big Adventure
About 1hr2min into the movie when he enters the biker bar
where he does his iconic tequila dance
There is a solid state pinball machine (probably a early 80s WMS).
The one screen grab i got is very blurry.
You can tell its a pinball machine but hardly anything else,
might be easier to ID if viewing for the whole 2 seconds its on screen.
Might be able to ID from the CAB artwork.
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Looks like WaffleGirl found out it was Blackout!

#2297 1 year ago

Tuned into TCM and was watching a 1948 movie called "Embraceable You"
Scene is two thugs enter a soda fountain and rough up a old man running the place,
In the background in a couple of shots are 2 flipperless pinball machines,
but no view of PF or BG, just some CAB side art.
Doubt we can determine what games they are especially being in B&W.

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#2305 1 year ago

one CAB looks like WMS Big Chief with drop down cabinet front
the other head is a 4P GTB HiScore I think

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#2337 1 year ago

Father Knows Best
S3 Ep13
Betty goes Steady
Robert Vaughn pre Man from UNCLE
Playing a college COED dweeb
Some sort of woodrail baseball themed game
Have not figured it out yet,
betting its a GTB or CCoin

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#2343 1 year ago
Quoted from Fezmid:

I cant make out the other three.

One is WMS Cyclone

The Two player EM pin looks like it may be GTB Top Score or Soccer with a new artwork Backglass
As it has the balls added BG animation feature or so it appears.

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#2359 1 year ago

From right to left
Is that FlipACard?
Pretty sure about FunFest, Gulfstream, Big Brave
and then Bali-Hi

#2360 1 year ago

Also see post#799
for another scene shot slightly clearer screen grab of the same arcade scene with fewer bystanders.
Can not make out the very far left pin as you only see the side art of the head.
Probably a WMS or GTB from the Graphics.
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#2362 1 year ago

Pretty sure its Flip A Card
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Addition: Oh I see now that you were referring to the far left mystery head graphics.
You were close but not quite.

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#2363 1 year ago

The far left Head appears to belong to GTB Paul Bunyan

#2377 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Prior mentions were likely not added due to lack of pictures. No pictures, no index entry.

I think you need to add posts #2358 and #2364 to the Bad News Bear key posts list
as they have different view perspectives with more games shown and also posts surrounding
those posts have actual pin ID info. Whereas post #799 has no pin ID info.

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#2428 1 year ago
Quoted from frenchmarky:

2019 REELZ channel 'documentary' about Eddie Murphy's ups and downs,

I am thinking the pin against the wall might be GTB Street Fighter II.

what do you guys think?

Notice the placement of the Gottlieb Logos and the white leg kick on the center left and arm of the female fighter on the right
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#2433 1 year ago

William's Grand Prix EM on tonight's SNL, with Maya and Adele
last skit " 'Ass of an Angel' jeans "

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