Tag Archives: Radios in Movies

Paul spots a Lafayette HE-30 in the film “Robbery”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Steckler, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Bullitt”, starring Steve
McQueen, and shot on-location in San Francisco. The centerpiece of
that movie was a thrilling car chase through San Francisco; McQueen
did a lot of the driving himself. The director was Peter Yates, who is
English. He went on to direct “Breaking Away”, every cyclist’s
favorite movie.

Yates had directed an earlier movie, “Robbery”, a fictionalized
account of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. I purchased the DVD, and
watched that one tonight. That movie also featured a harrowing car
chase, this time through London. After robbing the train, the crooks
hole up in the basement of an abandoned building on a Royal Air Force
airfield. To keep tabs on the cops, they’re monitoring the airwaves
with what appears to be a Lafayette HE-30.

I’ve attached a screenshot of the scene which shows the radio most
prominently (sorry, it’s a little fuzzy).

Here’s a description of the radio:
http://www.valveradio.net/radio/lafayette-he-30.html

What a beautiful radio! Thank you for sharing this, Paul. I’ve never seen Robbery, so I’m adding it to my watch list!

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Dan notes a beautifully restored vintage Zenith in “Hunters”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who writes:

Following up on the item about the Grundig SAT 700 in a scene of Last of Us, the series “Hunters“, with Al Pacino, about Nazi hunters, featured a beautifully restored Zenith wood cabinet radio in the second to last of 8 episodes.

The Zenith is seen sitting between an elderly German couple who were helping to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis.

Hunters is an excellent, if sometimes hard to watch, series which brought Pacino back to TV. The scenes with the Zenith radio were almost as long as the one in Last of Us containing the Grundig 700.

What a gorgeous Zenith, Dan. Thank you for sharing this and your notes about Hunters.

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Balázs spots radios in “The Last of Us” Episode 1

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Balázs Kovács, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

Some radios from the first episode of the new post apocalyptic (video game adaptation) series “The Last of Us”.

with best regards,
Balazs

Great catch!  Thank you for sharing this with us, Balázs! These images are pretty dark, but I bet some readers will be able to ID some of those radios in the background!

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Balazs spots vintage radios in film and in a Budapest pub!

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Balázs Kovács, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

Happy New Year! Some pictures in two topics:

1.) First, a nice Zenith H511 Consoltone (MW) got a few seconds of screen time recently in the fourth episode of the third (final) season of “His Dark Materials” series:

 

2.) At the end of December in an old pub in Budapest (Helvecia) I ran into some more or less old radios as a part of the eclectic decoration. Since these are partly Eastern European, they may be less well known elsewhere (deep in the basement, so even if they were still functioning, not many radio signals would reach them anymore):

With best regards,
Balazs

Wow! I love those pub radios!  I especially love the dial markings on the R 926 A!

Thank you for sharing these images, Balazs!

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Adi spots a Braun T-1000 in critique of “The Allegation”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Adi, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

I saw this TV critic report in a local newspaper.

It took me few long minutes until I found this series title in English, The Allegation: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13116888/

I’m a cord cuter since 2010 so I can’t watch it. Maybe other SWLs can view it on their TV content service and comment in what episode this Braun T 1000 is shown or used?

Regards From Israel

Adi

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Luciano spots an Icom IC-705 in Westworld

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Luciano M. (LU7EME), who writes:

I think I have seen an Icom IC-705 transceiver in Episode 6, Season 4, of the
TV series “Westworld.”

The microphone is not quite the original, as the one shown in the episode has too many buttons and backlight…. The transceiver can be seen at the time 5:25.

I take this opportunity to congratulate you for your page. I have been a shortwave radio enthusiast since my childhood, and although I have recently become a licensed ham radio operator. I still enjoy listening to the broadcasts from all over the world.

Your posts, recommendations and news are most welcome.

73,
luciano.

Thank you so much for the kind comments, Luciano. Also, you’ve got very sharp eyes to have spotted this IC-705! Well done and thank you for sharing!

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Mark Spots an Atlas in “The Rockford Files”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who writes:

Thomas,

I spotted this radio from an episode of the Rockford Files in a story about Russian spies.

According to IMDB, the episode, “A Material Difference” aired in February 1979.

https://www.rigpix.com/atlas/210x.htm

Mark

Thanks so much for sharing this, Mark. You’ve got sharp eyes!

I remember watching The Rockford Files as a kid. I think it’s time to re-watch some of those episodes. Thanks again, Mark!

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