Hollywood Meets Hallicrafters
Dilks reported in the August 2013 edition of QST on his opportunity of a lifetime when he received a call
from a friend saying that the producers of the film Paranoia needed some really convincing vintage tube radios as
props. John is the author of the monthly "Vintage Radio" column in the ARRL's flagship publication, and owns a huge
collection of exactly the type of equipment being sought.
Paranoia is a saga starring Harrison Ford
and Liam Hemsworth. Per IMDB, "An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner
office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar
advantage." John, his son,
friend Nick England worked with the 'prop master' Michael Jortner to select the requisite radios and then went to
the filming location in Philadelphia ('The City of Brotherly Love
Shove' ) to set up and operate the radios. One preferred feature was a radio with "exposed glowing tubes" (just
for the effect). In lieu of that, the stage technicians settled for rigging a 100 W light bulb inside to light
up the chassis. Radios and peripherals used were the Hallicrafters SX-23, and SX-42, a National NC-190, a Silver-Marshall
the World Four," a Shure carbon ring microphone, and a Morse code key. John says they were told not to talk to the
stars, but Harrison Ford (a licensed helicopter pilot, BTW, but not a Ham other than onstage) took it upon himself
to spend a few moments thanking them for their assistance.
Fortunately, even those of you who do not subscribe
to the magazine can read this "Hollywood
Meets Hallicrafters" article thanks to an online PDF version provided (not sure how, legally) by OHIOLINK.
Information on the radios from the RadioMuseum.org website:
Hallicrafters Skyrider SX-23
Hallicrafters SX-42 Receiver
National NC-190 Receiver
Silver-Marshall 730 "Round the World Four"
Posted September 29, 2013