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    All In the FAMILY - Dance Party!?

    I was watching a rerun of "All In the Family"; the episode was titled "Lionel's Engagement". During the party scene, Gloria walks in with an armful of records to be played at the party. Lo an behold, the album at the top of the stack is none other than MATV's "Dance Party".

    That album was released in 1965; the episode originally aired on 2/9/74.

    I wonder why they used an album that was almost 9 years old.

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    Gary, I would say they used Martha & The Vandellas' "Dance Party" LP because Motown is timeless. And that LP has some of Motown's hottest dance tracks -- "Dancing In The Street", "Wild One", "Nowhere To Run", and "Motoring".

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    Unless the album was mentioned in the script, I doubt they even thought about it. They probably sent an intern out to get some albums and this is what they brought back.

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    The show was filmed in Los Angeles. Many of the studios there have a Prop warehouse. Prop Masters and Set Decorators usually go there and pull what they need and sign it out for a period of time. The materials are used then returned and the production is billed for the use. My guess is that someone went into the bin of albums and pulled anything that look like a record played at a party. I don't know that all the prop records would be up to current date.

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    Similarly, in Paul Schrader's Blue Collar [1978], a woman at a party is seen holding an album cover on a couch. It's Diana Ross's Everything Is Everything, which was a smooth 8 years old by the time the film was released. Given what transpires next, they were probably using it to do blow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Similarly, in Paul Schrader's Blue Collar [1978], a woman at a party is seen holding an album cover on a couch. It's Diana Ross's Everything Is Everything, which was a smooth 8 years old by the time the film was released. Given what transpires next, they were probably using it to do blow.
    Vermettya Royster from Sisters Love played the neighbor in "Blue Collar."

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_raven View Post
    Vermettya Royster from Sisters Love played the neighbor in "Blue Collar."
    Oh, snap, that sure was her! But she wasn't the woman in the party scene; this lady was basically an extra.

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    I wonder if Archie or Edith had a favorite Motown album?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Oh, snap, that sure was her! But she wasn't the woman in the party scene; this lady was basically an extra.
    Vermettya never got another role that I know of but she did get some more big screen
    time when she and the group were filmed in performance in the Max Julien film The Mack...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54plnMSIXho

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    Vermettya never got another role that I know of but she did get some more big screen
    time when she and the group were filmed in performance in the Max Julien film The Mack...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54plnMSIXho
    Absolutely! The Players' Ball!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadinglove21 View Post
    I wonder if Archie or Edith had a favorite Motown album?

    I wouldn't be surprised if Archie owned a copy of "Sammy Davis, Jr. - Something for Everyone", lol!

    I'd have to give some thought on what Edith would have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if Archie owned a copy of "Sammy Davis, Jr. - Something for Everyone", lol!

    I'd have to give some thought on what Edith would have.
    Although not Motown , I know without a doubt, who Edith's favorite singer was:

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    Mrs. Miller

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    Well selections found on Supremes albums [[hold your ears, you've been warned!!!!)

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    If you can take it....

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    In the 1970 film of The Boys in the Band, before they do the famous line dance to “Heat Wave,” one of the guys picks up the Martha and the Vandellas Live album to play it, which was just so wrong. Of course I noticed it immediately but I suppose not that many other folks did.
    In the 2020 remake, the correct album cover was used, and I can only wonder why it wasn’t used in the first film. I’d have thought it would have been fairly easy for the prop-master to have found.


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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyluckyme View Post
    If you can take it....
    I've never heard of Mrs. Miller until now and I wouldn't be surprised if the Edith Bunker character's singing was a riff on Mrs. Miller's singing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    I've never heard of Mrs. Miller until now and I wouldn't be surprised if the Edith Bunker character's singing was a riff on Mrs. Miller's singing.
    Josť Feliciano used to do a killer Mrs. Miller impression in his live act.😁

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    wow, Mrs Miller makes Nancy Sinatra sound GREAT!!

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