Watch Lucille Ball demo a 1939 ancestor of the "talk box" famously used by Peter Frampton


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/08/watch-lucille-ball-demo-a-1939.html


#2

Also featured as a plot point in You’ll Find Out. I love that movie.


#3

Featured in ‘You’ll Find Out’ a fun old dark house film with Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

ETA beat by @coherent_light but I got a youtube link…

ETAMORE how I found out about this gem…


Thank you Joe Dante.

#4

I sometimes forget YouTube exists.


#5

Songify, the early years.


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I’m pretty sure the voiceover was done by Mr Cholmondeley-Warner…


#8

I couldn’t quite work out what Lucille Ball was saying via the “talk box”; I think it might have been, “Your mother sucks cocks in Hell.”, but I might have been mistaken.


#9

I thought I heard “moo,” but the volume was low.


#10

Pretty sure it was, “Your Mother sews socks that smell!!!”


#11

So, there is an alternate universe where Lucille Ball was the voice of HAL9000.


#12

“Lucy, open the pod bay doors!”
“Waaah! I can’t do that, Ricky!”
“You got some splainin to do!”


#13

Surprisingly unimpressive, given that at the time, truly amazing speech synthesis was possible:


#14

Considering this news segment was all about sound, it was very pooly recorded.


#15

It was recorded in 1939… so it’s old and on the equipment of the day.


#16

They sent their interns to cover this.


#17

I think you’re missing my point?


#18

At 0:45 I love how one of the the Record Triumvirate disdainfully tosses away this apparent recording monstrosity.


#19

Being a heavy smoker may be a least partly to blame.


#20

You say that like it’s a bad thing…