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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection

Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Musician:
Alpert, Herb  Search this
Singer:
Anka, Paul  Search this
Bach, Vivi  Search this
Carr, Vikki  Search this
Damone, Vic  Search this
Eckstine, Billy  Search this
Ennis, Ethel  Search this
Greco, Buddy  Search this
Hallyday, Johnny, 1943 -  Search this
Lansing, Joi, 1934-1972  Search this
McNair, Barbara  Search this
Morgan, Jane, 1920 -  Search this
Rawls, Lou  Search this
Reese, Della  Search this
Reynolds, Debbie  Search this
Riley, Billy Lee, 1933-  Search this
Rydell, Bobby  Search this
Sedaka, Neil  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, Jr., 1944-  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
Vee, Bobby  Search this
Warwick, Dionne  Search this
Vocalist:
Darren, James  Search this
Gore, Lesley, 1946-  Search this
Composer:
Legrand, Michel, 1932 -  Search this
Extent:
141 Film reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Music
16mm motion picture film
Date:
circa 1962-1970
Summary:
Scopitones are three minute long 16mm films that were viewed on a Scopitone machine, a jukebox-like player. A precursor to music videos, Scopitones -- both the films and the machines -- were popular in the United States from around 1962 to 1968. The films featured sets, costumes, and dancers in support of well-known performers singing a single song. The collection includes Scopitone films from the United States and Europe.
Scope and Contents:
The collection comprises approximately one hundred and forty 16mm color composite magnetic track motion picture prints produced to be played on a Scopitone juke box. These films were produced in Europe and the United States.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into one series. The order follows the original catalogue/distribution numbers.

Series 1, Original Films, 1962-1970
Biographical / Historical:
Referring to both the films and the machines that played them, a Scopitone is song-length film viewed on a juke-box like machine with a screen. Introduced in the late 1950s in France, and based on technology developed during World War Two, the Scopitone machine offered a selection of up to thirty-six titles. Patrons would insert coins (twnty-five cents per play in the United States), press the button for the film desired, and the film would appear on a small screen that formed the top of the machine. The Scopitone films were three minute-long 16mm composite magnetic track prints that featured performers singing popular songs of the time. Like their predecessor, Soundies, and paving the way for music videos, Scopitones included basic sets, costumes, and choreography. Scopitones were made in France, Great Britain, and Germany. Scopitones (both the machines and the films) were most popular in France. Consequently, a large number of the films are in French and star performers well-known in France. One of the major producers of American Scopitone films was Harman-ee Productions, a company owned by Debbie Reynolds. In the United States, Scopitone machines could be found in bars, restaurants, and lounges. Performers as varied as Debbie Reynolds, Neil Sedaka, and Ethel Ennis appeared in American Scopitones. In many of the films the stars sang the songs while surrounded by scantily-clad dancers. On occasion the production numbers told the "story" of the song. More often, the sets, dance moves, and costumes appeared superfluous. The "look" of the films reflected the times with choreography influenced by the Twist and other contemporary dances and clothing and hair-dos straight from a mid-1960s teen fashion magazine. Scopitones flourished in the United States for a very short period of time. First introduced around 1962, interest in producing and viewing Scopitones had ended by 1968. Most American machines and films were tossed in the trash. Collectors acquired the remaining machines and films. Scopitone films, once a mostly forgotten genre, are now easily viewed on Youtube, introducing this short-lived cultural phenomenon to new generations of viewers. The donor, Norman Coe, became involved with Scopitone as a business in 1964 when he purchased ten machines from the Scopitone division of Tel-A-Sign, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois. Coe placed his machines and the films in bars and restaurants around the Albany, New York area. He left the business in the late 1960s, selling all but one of his machines and several cartons of Scopitone films. He donated his remaining machine and films to the National Museum of American History in 2011.
Related Materials:
Materials in the National Museum of American History

The Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) acquired a Scopitone machine as part of the same donation. Accession #: 2011.0056
Provenance:
Scopitone machine and films donated by Norman and Sally Coe in 2011.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Genre/Form:
Music
16mm motion picture film
Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1230
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a92b4fcb-62f7-4a91-b82d-cc0eacc18470
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1230

Original Films

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1964-1970
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1230, Series 1
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8afe48773-65b3-444c-9027-802ae11625f1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref1

Silver Dollar

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Damita Jo
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e4800fda-385d-4113-9849-6b89e1575b56
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref100

Everything I've Got

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Vicki Carr
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f5bc879d-3675-4f26-92b0-9e77d038b01a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref101

I've Got that Feeling

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Ethel Ennis
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e57e2a38-e8dd-46be-b736-ddef14ebf9c5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref102

One Has My Name

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Barry Young
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81f14b6d6-577b-4590-a45c-e08a82b409e0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref103

Keep Your Eyes On the Hands

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performers: Princess Leilani and Alex
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86f24dd30-5d3c-4474-91e5-616de21efbc6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref104

Smoldering Drums

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performers: Princess Leilani and Alex
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8deaf7a5a-01f6-4d54-8b70-ee5237c91bce
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref106

Bellazza

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966
General:
Performer: Bobby Rydell
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8552b158e-8e17-4c2a-bbda-f34968ed1f03
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref107

Where Did All the Good Times Go?

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performers: Dick and Dee Dee
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86783db0f-ce44-4b6b-98a6-aa24bb9d960b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref108

My Teenage Fallout Queen

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964
General:
Performer: George McKelvey
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f31ace48-74e7-4b94-a5e4-c66b8c560359
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref109

Where Do You Go To Go Away?

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Gale Garnett
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81e7b834d-5ce9-4292-ab29-319b52969239
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref110

Mother Nature, Father Time

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
General:
Performer: Brook Benton
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d02c461b-6d3b-4bfd-99e2-eb73596aeb76
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref111

Just a Dream

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Marian Montgomery
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88de03904-1eb8-4ace-8a7b-92eed7c0c8ed
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref112

Ike Cole Salutes His Brother Nat King Cole

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Ike Cole
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep803bf44f6-eb9c-4d90-976c-f47621e919bf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref113

If

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Timi Yuro
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d65c560e-95c2-4e8a-b562-e29bae9a658c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref116

Prime of My Life

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Billy Eckstine
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep800ad8b73-16c0-432c-b8dc-b6a7fbb81a63
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref117

Five Card Stud

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Merle Kilgore
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep852b05ee1-79b8-4b18-93fe-fec8b9f1e61f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref118

The Silencer

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
General:
Performer: Joi Lansing
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86a1f9c06-ae9c-431d-8b72-50456d3a49be
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref119

Frenchie

Collection Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
General:
Performer: Annie Cordy
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection
Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection / Series 1: Original Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep814d7abf2-690d-4108-b706-db982c6fc325
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1230-ref12

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