McAllister Dolly History
Posted 22 April 2007 - 07:21 PM
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.
Posted 23 April 2007 - 10:01 PM
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)
Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:16 AM
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.
There is a Phone number on the site:
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.
Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:26 AM
Edited by James Steven Beverly, 12 May 2007 - 03:29 AM.