Hushabye Mountain Music Player? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by niart17, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. niart17

    niart17 Active Member

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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 * 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:

    Thanks in advance for any help,

  2. Jintosh

    Jintosh Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks totally fabricated. One of a kind.
  3. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    My first thought from the start; prop made specially for the movie;)
  4. dcarty

    dcarty Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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!

  5. JANDERS10

    JANDERS10 Well-Known Member

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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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  6. niart17

    niart17 Active Member

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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.


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