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    There's a fantasy series called Kingkiller Chronicles where the main character plays a lute and it's large part of development throughout the story. Not exactly a mando, but hey, get off my back.

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    Hey, don't sweat it. Most of the cartoon representations offered so far are far from accurate - necks too long, only three or four strings in single courses. Indeed, the minstrel in the "Sleeping Beauty" clip is playing an instrument with four tuning pegs but only three strings! But what can you expect from an art form in which most mammals have only three fingers and a thumb?

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    Merrie Melodies
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    Oh my! Tune in at about 4:25 for the mandolin. Not the greatest (and how you would tune that thing, three strings and two pegs, is beyond me ), and I don't hear any mandolin, but there ya go! Thanks!



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    Lady, Play Your Mandolin! was the first Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Rudolf Ising of Harman and Ising. It was originally released in August 1931.

    The cartoon features Foxy as a gaucho who decides to visit a local saloon. His horse soon finds himself drunk on tequila and begins to hallucinate wildly. Similarly to Foxy, the cartoon features a female fox character that is very reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.

    As was typically the case with the early entries in the Merrie Melodies series, one purpose of the cartoon was to promote a Warner-owned popular song. The title theme, written by Oscar Levant with lyrics by Irving Caesar, was a 1930 #5 pop hit sung by Nick Lucas and released by Brunswick Records, which had been purchased by Warner Brothers the previous year (Another recording, by the Havana Novelty Orchestra was released the same year on RCA's Victor Records). In the short, it is sung by a female fox character who would later become Foxy's girlfriend, Roxy.

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    The Minstrel from the Batman universe:

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    Let's see. Christopher Guest from SNL, This Is Spinal Tap, etc. plays mandolin. Very well, too. Someone told me Daivd of Biblical renown played a mandolin. But, I think the guy's a lyre. Thank you. I'll get my coat.

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    Biff Brannon, owner of the New York Cafe in Carson Mc Cullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter".

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    There's an Artie Shaw/Fred Astaire movie from 1940 called Second Chorus which features a fictional mandolinist: the (very) amateur J. Lester Chisholm, played by Charles Butterworth. He plays an F-5 -- badly -- and the script depicts mandolin music as hopelessly square. Not one of the better swing-era films, but kind of amusing. Lots of familiar character actors in there, too. Several scenes with the F-5 scattered throughout.

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    John Reichmann's fiddle player, Gregory Spitz wrote a book about a mandolin\fiddle player called "Fiddlers Dream".
    It is a very good book

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    That is "Gregory Spatz."

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    Ummm ... see post #31. Just sayin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayMan7 View Post
    Thats actually from Sleeping Beauty. I remember when I was a kid always liking that scene and the little instrument he was playing, before I even knew what a mandolin was.
    Heres a clip but it cuts out at the part where he drinks from the bowlback.


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    If we're counting lute players, there's Odard Liu in S.M. Stirling's "Emberverse" series of science-fiction novels.

    I'm glad folks have mentioned "Fiddler's Dream". It's an excellent story of a young man who yearns to become a Blue Grass Boy. It takes you inside the mind of a musician better than anything else I've read.

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    "Fiddler's Dream" is now on my reading list. Thanks for the heads up.
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    [QUOTE=Paul Kotapish;1295678]There's an Artie Shaw/Fred Astaire movie from 1940 called Second Chorus which features a fictional mandolinist: the (very) amateur J. Lester Chisholm, played by Charles Butterworth. He plays an F-5 -- badly -- and the script depicts mandolin music as hopelessly square. Not one of the better swing-era films, but kind of amusing. Lots of familiar character actors in there, too. Several scenes with the F-5 scattered throughout.

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    Just looked at the still. Telling from the head stock inlay, it seems like an F12 or F10 rather than an F5.

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    Hmmm ... Fictional mandolinist, real mandolin. Interesting, very interesting ...
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    In the lower right of the picture is actor Tom Drake playing the character of John Truett in the 1944 movie, "Meet Me in St. Louis."

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    Just looked at the still. Telling from the head stock inlay, it seems like an F12 or F10 rather than an F5.
    Yep, you are no doubt right. Although the mandolin appears in quite a few scenes, there's no clear shot of it, but I don't really know my 30's Gibsons. The film was release in '40, and the peghead looks quite a bit like this '39 F-7.

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