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#1 Bret Allen

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:21 PM

I am restoring and modifying an old McAllister dolly . I am also preparing a web log on my project but would like some information on the history of these fine machines. What era where they in use? Pictures of the dolly on a set. Technical information. The company that built them. Anything I can get.

All I know, is these dollies were produced by the Motion Picture Equipment Corp. I can?t find any dates anywhere.

I once ran across one of these dollies in Orlando and the owner had found a call sheet stuffed down into the seat receiver from ?My Favorite Martian?. No such luck with mine.

If you or anyone you know has knowledge of these old Hollywood workhorses, please contact me.
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#2 Patrick Neary

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 10:01 PM

Hi-

I was told that all hydraulic dollies are descendents of old world-war-II era bomb loaders, but does that mean there weren't any rambling around sets pre-WWII?

My tattered "Master Sales Catalog #20" from Alan Gordon lists the J.G. McAlister crab dolly used prices at $6000 to $8000 (1970-something dollars) but doesn't offer up any kind of history.

And for future reference, it's "McAlister" (one L) :)
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#3 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:16 AM

J.G. McAlister Inc was based in Hollywood and is mentioned in the book The Mobile Mise En Scene: A Critical Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Long Take Camera ... By Lutz Bacher at :

http://books.google....p-CCO5YCwoKpK7k

These dollys had dual steering and wew made in the 50s and 60s

It looks like J.G. McAlister merged to form Bardwell & McAlister lighting and grip equipment and moved to Sun Valley Cal.

www.bmlighting.com

There is a Phone number on the site:

(818) 771-1281

They may not have parts, but they may be able to point you in the right direction

I don't know if this'll do you any good at all but that's all I could find.
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#4 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:26 AM

Actually the full name of the book is THE MOBILE MISE EN SCENE: A Critical Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Long-Take Camera Movement in the Narrative Film and it was written in 1978 Just FYI

Edited by James Steven Beverly, 12 May 2007 - 03:29 AM.

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