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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 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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1230

Donald McKayle : heartbeats of a dancemaker / producers, Gregg Lizenbery, Marilyn Cristofori ; director, Joy Chong-Stannard ; writer, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl ; a production of Dance Pioneers and PBS Hawaii

Title:
Heartbeats of a dancemaker
Director:
Chong-Stannard, Joy  Search this
Screenwriter:
Kneubuhl, Victoria N (Victoria Nalani)  Search this
Producer:
Lizenbery, Gregg  Search this
Cristofori, Marilyn  Search this
Interviewee expression:
McKayle, Donald 1930-  Search this
Belafonte, Harry 1927-  Search this
Interviewer expression:
Reese, Della  Search this
Dancer:
José Limón Dance Company  Search this
San Jose Cleveland Ballet  Search this
Production company:
Dance Pioneers (Firm)  Search this
Hawaii Public Television  Search this
Film distributor:
Dance Horizons (Firm) Video  Search this
Subject:
McKayle, Donald 1930-  Search this
McKayle, Donald 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Dance television programs
Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Dance
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
2002
Topic:
Modern dance  Search this
Choreographers  Search this
Call number:
video 001565
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1097347

Ninety-Nine and 1/2 Won't Do; You Don't Know How Blessed You Are

Recording artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Composer:
Tharpe, Sister Rosetta  Search this
Manufacturer:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
ID Number:
2000.0165.7097
Catalog number:
2000.0165.7097
Label number:
47-7996
Accession number:
2000.0165
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9308-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1211018

Amen!

Recording artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Manufacturer:
Jubilee  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Gift of Morris H. Blum
ID Number:
2000.0165.1445
Accession number:
2000.0165
Label number:
1083
Catalog number:
2000.0165.1445
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-7c20-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1205352

Don't You Know ; Not One Minute More

Artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Manufacturer:
Collectables Records  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.06422
Catalog number:
1996.3034.06422
Accession number:
1996.3034
Label number:
DPE1-1048
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-29a1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1010233

Sorry Baby; Let's Make the Most Of a Beautiful Thing

Recording artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Manufacturer:
ABC  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
ID Number:
1996.0153.19177
Label number:
45-11017
Catalog number:
1996.0153.19177
Accession number:
1996.0153
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-feb2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1243660

Della Della - Cha Cha Cha

Recording artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Manufacturer:
RCA  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
Germany
ID Number:
1996.0153.04412
Label number:
NL 90039
Catalog number:
1996.0153.04412
Accession number:
1996.0153
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b729-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1228985

In the Still Of the Night; Kiss My Love Goodbye

Recording artist:
Reese, Della  Search this
Maker:
Jubilee  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1955
ID Number:
1991.0305.279
Maker number:
5198
Accession number:
1991.0305
Catalog number:
1991.0305.279
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-a21c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1200454

Give it to God / Della Reese

Executive producer:
Reese, Della  Search this
Producer:
Campbell, T. C.  Search this
Production company:
Spiritual Icon  Search this
Physical description:
1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
2006
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Call number:
disc000852
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091976

"Some of my best friends are the blues" / Della Reese

Title:
Musical selections from her latest blues revue
Della Reese in Some of my best friends are the blues
Author:
Reese, Della  Search this
Lett, Franklin  Search this
Physical description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
1995
℗1995
Topic:
Revues  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Call number:
disc 000828
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091969

Live! My soul feels better right now / produced by Franklin Lett

Title:
My soul feels better right now
Author:
Reese, Della  Search this
Lett, Franklin  Search this
Subject:
Reese, Della  Search this
Physical description:
1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.) : digital, stereo
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
1998
©1998
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Call number:
disc 000827
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091975

Della Reese and Brilliance [sound recording]

Performer:
Reese, Della  Search this
Brilliance (Musical group)  Search this
Producer:
Freeman, Ron  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Date:
1986
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Local number:
Atlanta International 10112
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_341410

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