Hushabye Mountain Music Player? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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niart17

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Hey guys, I figured if anybody would know this it would be someone here. My daughters and I were watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and they seemed to really like the scene of Hushabye Mountain. I would love to try to find a replica of the music player Dick Van Dyke sings to from that scene. I've tried to do searches here and just about everywhere else on the internet I could think of but had no luck finding ANY information at all on it. I can't even find still pics, only videos from youtube etc... with it in the scene. Has anybody here either made a replica of this or seen any or know any information about this prop? It's really very cool looking and would be a great gift for my girls.

Here is the scene I'm talking about with the music box about 8 seconds in:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNCUuz4P3q8

Thanks in advance for any help,

Bill
 

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dcarty

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One of my favorite movies from childhood that I am thankful to be able to share with my daughter too!

The bulk of Caractacus Pott's "inventions" were actually the creations of cartoonist/tinkerer Rowland Emmett and were hired from him for use in the film. Judging from the design I have little doubt that the music box is one of his or at least a custom made prop done in his style. Now, whether or not it actually played the song "Hushabye Mountain" or if that was overdubbed, which seems more likely, I do not know.

On one of the DVD/Blu-ray sets there is a supplement short film called "The Ditchling Tinkerer" which was made to be shown in theaters right before the movie started. It's a charming profile of Rowland Emmett and shows off his creations. I haven't seen it in ages so I don't recall if there are any shots of the music box or not (but now you have my curiosity peaked).

Best of luck to you on your quest!

Dave
 

JANDERS10

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Best childhood cinema memory, sharing the dark with the kids onscreen, as if he was singing to me. Then the camera goes outside to a little orchestral version to the timing of the windmill sails on a perfect English summers eve. Cinema magic.
 

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niart17

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Thanks for the reply guys. I figured it would be a long shot that anybody reproduced it. Dave, thanks for the info on Rowland Emmett. At least now I have a lead to look into. If I find anything I'll let you guys know. If anyone else has ANY information on this prop or even better photos of it, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Bill
 

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