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

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9 years ago

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#1366 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

A few games in this movie.
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Pretty sure that's from The Bad News Bears (1976) (?)

#1367 2 years ago

I searched and didn't see this one mentioned yet . . .

Truckers' fight scene in the film "Convoy" (1978): Mibs / Spin-A-Card / Jive Time.

Second screen grab (same scene) is a brief shot of a pin I -think- is a Hayburners II.

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#1389 2 years ago

The original "A Star Is Born" (1937 w/Janet Gaynor) - the characters portrayed by Fredric March and Adolphe Menjou playing a game at a Hollywood wrap party. No idea what the flipperless pin is (anyone?).

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#1536 2 years ago

The bowling alley in the 1984 film "Racing With The Moon" has a 1947 Williams Ginger pinball. According to IPDB this was the next-to-last flipperless pin Williams ever made.

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#1601 2 years ago

Found a cleaner/unobstructed still of the pin in Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" (1962)

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#1626 2 years ago

Just caught these from the Dustin Hoffman film "Straight Time" (1978) airing on TCM:

Monaco & Grand Prix

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#1760 1 year ago

Route 66 - "Soda Pop and Paper Flags" (S3E31, 5/24/1963) - hard for me to ID though...

#1765 1 year ago

From what you guys have shown already, I think it is indeed a Gottlieb Tropic Isle.

And I apologize for not having a better pic of it. It was a smartphone snap of paused DVD playback, and unfortunately my tower PC is down right now so I was unable to do an actual DVD rip for a clearer pic of that scene.

BTW, that episode also features a pre-Happy Days Tom Bosley as a womanizing businessman (!).

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#1788 1 year ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Friends - 'The one with the flashback'
Sorry about the bad glare on the tv.
[quoted image]

4 Belles, Roto Pool (both Gottlieb)

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#2090 1 year ago

"Five Easy Pieces" (1970) - Got 3 of the 5 pictured:

Far Left: Cover Girl (Gottlieb, 1962)
Middle: Lucky Strike (Williams, 1965; I -think- its ball-in-play score reel is on that backglass, if not then it's the Bowl-A-Strike AAB)
Far Right: North Star (Gottlieb, 1964)

I'll let you all ID the other two...

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#2132 1 year ago

From The Waltons (S8E04 "The Innocents"): Now this is a pinball anachronism - a King Of Diamonds (Gottlieb, 1967) in a WWII (1942?) setting...

#2134 1 year ago

I just now realized they apparently taped/painted over the Gottlieb name(s) on the backglass in my prior post:

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#2155 1 year ago

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

There's also a shot of the game tilting but its backglass close-up is obviously not Nags therefore I didn't include it here.

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#2231 1 year ago

Found this in the Pink Floyd-soundtrack-scored film More (1969). A scene of a Latin Quarter hangout in Paris that has a Ship-Mates (Gottlieb, 1964). Really trippy film if you've never seen it.

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#2288 1 year ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Not sure if it's been mentioned yet but I recently watched one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, Porky's. There's a Buccaneer and another pin beside it in the whore house and what looks to be a nip it later in the flick.

Think the unnamed one is Big Shot (Gottlieb, 1974).

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#2333 1 year ago

Two separate pin scenes from Boogie Nights (1997) ...

First one shows a Stardust (Williams, 1971) and an Aladdin's Castle (Bally, 1976). The second scene has a side view of a Big Strike (Williams, 1966).

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EDIT: Turns out the Big Strike is actually its replay sibling Hot Line. There's a backbox closeup of it later in the film that I somehow missed...

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#2413 1 year ago
Quoted from schudel5:

Knight Rider. Episode 417 "Knight of a Thousand Devils" glimpse of a Stern Flight 2000 at around the 25 minute mark.

I happen to have another one of Flight 2000 (Stern, 1980): The film Terms Of Endearment (1983) has the briefest view of this pin in the hotel lobby's arcade room (only 3-4 film frames; this pic's the most visible one of the game).

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#2458 11 months ago
Quoted from Hammer3246:

WKRP, no idea what machines, just loved the show.
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Lucky Seven (Williams, 1978), Pinball Pool (Gottlieb, 1979) in the background.

Probably my favorite '70s sitcom!

#2461 11 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Picture of Lucky Seven cabinet for reference:[quoted image]
now the question is is it a EM or a SS?

As I recall the episode doesn't show the backbox at all, only the cabinet left side.

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#2501 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Bally Nitro Groundshaker? Not 100% sure though.
Edit: Nope, its not Nitro. Heres another screenshot. [quoted image]

Quoted from TopMoose:

Could it be Aladdin’s Castle?

Possibly Bobby Orr Power Play (Bally, 1978)? I see digital displays.

To the right of that one I'm calling Duotron (Gottlieb, 1974).

#2503 11 months ago
Quoted from illawarra92:

Magnatron, the 4 player version

It's only showing two (2) lit score reel displays in Game Over mode, Magnotron would have all four lit. Plus from a distance it looks like the bolder lettering for the "DUOTRON" game name on the BG, Mag's lettering is more condensed for space and has nowhere near that much illuminated yellow.

Compare these two vids (beware - first one's loud!!)

#2505 11 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Do you know what episode this was, or even a clue of what it was about? That way I can attach the season and episode number.

"The Conspirators" (S7E05, 5/13/1978). It aired on MeTV recently.

FWIW, besides the Monte Carlo, there's also a 4 Square (Gottlieb, 1971) and a Flying Carpet (Gottlieb, 1972) in the same scene.

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#2627 9 months ago
Quoted from scampcamp:

On the Impractical Joker TV show... a monster truck crushed a pinball machine!! Isn't that against the law?

Should be if it's not.

#2638 9 months ago

Bar scene in the film Secondhand Lions (2003): An Odds & Evens (Bally, 1973) tucked away in the corner.

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#2667 8 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Okay, So I can see the Nordamatic Champion and the Williams Winner, but I'm not sure about the other one. Is it a Gottlieb High Hand?

Top Hand (Gottlieb, 1973), the Italian version of Capt. Card (AAB of High Hand).

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#2794 7 months ago

In the 1959 Otto Preminger film "Anatomy Of A Murder," there's a powered-off World Champ (Gottlieb, 1957) in the bar Jimmy Stewart's character investigates.

#2806 7 months ago

Another one from the Route 66 TV series...

"Man Out Of Time" (S3E03 - 10/5/1962): A Flipper Clown (Gottlieb, 1962) in a Chicago-area amusement park arcade (filmed on location).

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#2907 5 months ago

This was an interesting find; I was watching a vintage 1967 Championship Bowling film print on YouTube that still had its original commercials, and up comes this pinball-themed Schaefer beer commercial featuring a re-themed Double Action (Gottlieb, 1958) that "plays music" (that I'm assuming was Schaefer's jingle at the time).
Here's the commercial clip itself (the brief close-up of the flippers at the 38:14 mark gives away the actual game) ...

#2916 5 months ago

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986): Exactly halfway through the film is a Pit Stop (Williams, 1968) -- in a 1960 setting.

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#3028 74 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

“Live and Let Die” with James Bond inside the Fillet of Soul establishment in Harlem. Going to need help identifying the two pins.[quoted image]

The left one is Dixieland (Bally, 1968).

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#3105 40 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Need help with ID (this is the best frame I could find).
[quoted image]

Spot-A-Card (Gottlieb, 1960). This same game is also seen in at least one other episode later in the series; not sure which one(s).

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