Re: Clueless Hollywood

I was channel surfing the other night and caught a minute or two of a

> movie allegedly set in Chicago. In front of Wrigley Field, on the > Addison Street side, with the famous red marquee in the background, one > of the main characters was making a call from a Verizon pay phone! Who > knew? Not subtle either. Big logo with the checkmark and the red Z. > C'mon guys, if you're going to do product placement at least place it > where it lives.

Unless the film was supposed to be 20 years ago the possibility that it could be something other than Illinois Bell or Ameritech is very real. I was in MSP (Minneapolis/St. Paul airport) and all throughout the airport the pay phones were Ameritech when the local provider in the twin cities is Qwest. So it is possible that Verizon could be a "COCOT" contracted by Wrigley Field or the property owner.

That said many film companies aren't really very good about telephone "authenticity" when you'll see someone depositing money into a single slot "fortress" pay phone and you'll hear "ding-ding" when they insert coins (ding-ding went out when three slot payphones went out.) Or when you see an older film showing a 'candlestick' or old WECO 302 have the ringing sound of a WECO 500 or showing a British series and they use American telephones. The assumption is that people do not notice these inaccuracies (except us telecom nerds of course!)

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Mr Joseph Singer
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