Classics in movies and TV shows

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
I just discovered the "Red Oaks" series on Amazon, which tells the story of a college student who worked as an assistant tennis pro at a country club in the summer of 1985. The focus of the show is obviously on sex and drugs and existential angst, but the prop master seems to have made an effort to outfit the actors with appropriate period equipment and attires; so much so that after watching the first two episodes, I found myself more drawn to the parade of racquets than I was to the far more attentive display of T&A.

I am obviously sick and in need of professional help. :(

The young hero of the story seems to wield a Graphite Edge (carried in a Dunlop bag, if I am not mistaken), while the club owner (Paul Reiser, now looking like a full-blown silverback) changed racquets and outfits after every match (clearly he was a collector :)). In the screen shot below, the frame being strung is obviously a Voelkl. Perhaps a Servo Soft?



http://www.ew.com/article/2015/12/18/red-oaks-hand-of-god-season-2-amazon

The MkI Settanta on the rack is probably a repro though. Reiser wore one in his first scene.

Does anyone else have screenshots from other movies and TV shows to share?
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Were Volkl racquets even available in the U.S. back in 1985? I don't recall ever seeing one back then. (I assume U.S. because you mentioned Paul Reiser.)

Anyway, how about the movie "Players", which came out in 1979? Unfortunately, this clip doesn't include the cameos by McEnroe, Nastase, and Connors.

The live tennis parts are at the beginning and end of the clip. You know it's fictional because it had Vilas in the Wimbledon final. :p

 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
That is a nice clip! The tennis bits are definitely head and shoulders above anything else I've seen in this type of movies.

I was in NC back then. The shop I worked for was the exclusive Voelkl dealer in town, because we were affiliated with the Sugar Mountain ski resort, which was run by Gunther Jochl, a former ski racer from Bavaria who also ran the Voelkl distributorship. In fact, what led me to visit the shop (and eventually to work there) in the first place was that I needed to have my Super Drive (bought in Switzerland) strung, and the big box store I went to wouldn't do it for me, because they claimed that it flexed too much on the machine and made scary noises?! I actually don't remember selling a single Voelkl racquet we had in stock during the time I worked there (though I did 'sell' an NOS "Carbon" to myself when we finally shut down the tennis side of the operation), but we did sell many Voelkl skis, even after our affiliation with Sugar Mountain ended.

If I had paid half as much attention to equipment then as I do now, I could have learned a lot about the history of the industry from the reps and 'old business guys' that I regularly came into contact with, many of whom are no longer with us. Ignorance is a bliss so long as you never become aware of it...
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Yes, Völkl frames were available in the USA in 1985 - the company had a distributorship office in Banner Elk, NC (of all places!) at the time, but they were not widely sold in the States, and the only American "face" using them on tour was Mark Dickson.
OK, thanks. That makes sense. I think the first time I ever saw a Volkl racquet was when I saw McEnroe using one in the mid-to-late '90s. Then all of a sudden everyone was using one. :)
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
That is a nice clip! The tennis bits are definitely head and shoulders above anything else I've seen in this type of movies.
Yeah, Dean Paul Martin was actually a pretty decent tennis player. I think he may have been a semi-pro or tried to go pro in real life.

Gotta love the classic '70's tight Fila outfits, too. :)
 

DUROC

Professional
Were Volkl racquets even available in the U.S. back in 1985? I don't recall ever seeing one back then. (I assume U.S. because you mentioned Paul Reiser.)

Anyway, how about the movie "Players", which came out in 1979? Unfortunately, this clip doesn't include the cameos by McEnroe, Nastase, and Connors.

The live tennis parts are at the beginning and end of the clip. You know it's fictional because it had Vilas in the Wimbledon final. :p

Not just IN the final.....the flick had Vilas WINNING it!!!!! Hahahaha

Players is a horrible movie but fun as heck to watch, ONLY redeeming value is watching Ali McGraw, and decent tennis action as Dino could play.
 

DUROC

Professional
Yeah, Dean Paul Martin was actually a pretty decent tennis player. I think he may have been a semi-pro or tried to go pro in real life.

Gotta love the classic '70's tight Fila outfits, too. :)
He was and did try playing on tour, was a top junior but at like 14 gave it up for his rock band Dino, Desi and Billy. He played again in college at UCLA (he was on the same team as Jimmy Connors). His coach was Pancho Segura and again in the 70s tried pro tennis again for like 6 yrs - has ATP points and rankings in the 500s.

He went back into acting and then finally gave it all up to fly fighter jets for the Air National Guard -
 

MAXXply

Hall of Fame
Annie Hall (1977) - Woodie Allen's Maxply Fort and matching racket tote

(I'd post pics but the pic function is still a cumbersome PITA to use after all these years. Jyst let us paste in pics FFS)

Karate Kid (1984) - Danny and his mom arrive at Elizabeth Shue's house. They are greeted by her parents in matching blue and red Borg Settanta jackets.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
I remember seeing an indie film called "The Prodigal" (1983) - a modern interpretation of the Biblical prodigal son parable - where the wayward son was an up-and-coming touring pro, outfitted with multiple Head Graphite Edges. Some of the tennis scenes (mostly indoor court, it was supposed to take place in the Pacific Northwest, if I recall) were of pretty decent quality; probably with college players. Which is probably more than we can say about "Wimbledon," whose tennis was fake, though choreographed by Pat Cash - though the clothes and racquets used were on the mark.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
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"Sanglier, post: 10058645, member: 234135"]That is a nice clip! The tennis bits are definitely head and shoulders above anything else I've seen in this type of movies.

I was in NC back then. The shop I worked for was the exclusive Voelkl dealer in town, because we were affiliated with the Sugar Mountain ski resort, which was run by Gunther Jochl, a former ski racer from Bavaria who also ran the Voelkl distributorship. In fact, what led me to visit the shop (and eventually to work there) in the first place was that I needed to have my Super Drive (bought in Switzerland) strung, and the big box store I went to wouldn't do it for me, because they claimed that it flexed too much on the machine and made scary noises?! I actually don't remember selling a single Voelkl racquet we had in stock during the time I worked there (though I did 'sell' an NOS "Carbon" to myself when we finally shut down the tennis side of the operation), but we did sell many Voelkl skis, even after our affiliation with Sugar Mountain ended.

If I had paid half as much attention to equipment then as I do now, I could have learned a lot about the history of the industry from the reps and 'old business guys' that I regularly came into contact with, many of whom are no longer with us. Ignorance is a bliss so long as you never become aware of it...[/COLOR]
Wow, you guys are bringing back some memories!!! I was just down the highway in Columbia, SC. I first saw Voelkl frames at the (first?) Miami Tennis Show. They proudly had no butt caps so the foam core/fiberglass composition was on display. I remember Lorne Greene(Bonanza fame for guys my age!) used one during the popular pro-celeb events of the time(before EVERYone switched to Head). This was in the 1973-75 time frame.

As guys our age know, the snow ski technology paralleled the tennis racket production in many cases and the same companies produced both snow skis and rackets...Rossignol, Head, Fischer, Voelkl, Kneissl, Dura-fibre...the list goes on. Ah, the good old days!!!!
 

atatu

Legend
I love Red Oaks ! Did you catch Brad Gilbert's cameo in the season finale ? I also like the fact that they use 80's stars like Paul Reiser, and Jennifer Grey (post nose job) in this show, it's very nostalgic for me. The rackets and clothing (Fila) are very authentic as well.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
This is actress Suzie Abromeit. She played college tennis at Duke University. This a video she posted on YouTube showing her acting and tennis skills
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
The Journeymen, ATP Tennis Documentary, Geoff Grant & Mark Keil

This youtube brief has some classics including Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter, Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, Jim Courier, Mark Philippousis.

Goran's quote, We play three times
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
This is actress Suzie Abromeit. She played college tennis at Duke University. This a video she posted on YouTube showing her acting and tennis skills
I watched this movie ("16-Love") on Netflix; it's junior tennis cum Rocky IV, in which Abromeit played a prettier and possibly meaner version of Ivan Drago. The action sequences made it abundantly clear that she was the only real tennis player on the court, whose job it was to dump the ball into the net on cue. Her "Russian" accent was completely free of Eurasian influence however. :) Given her relative success in the business in recent years, maybe she should have played the lead in this movie, Dean Paul Martin style. The action scenes would have looked a lot more believable...

I love Red Oaks ! Did you catch Brad Gilbert's cameo in the season finale ?
Gilbert's cameo was the best surprise of the show for me. It partially made up for the dearth of tennis-related scenes in the later episodes. When it came to looking good while pretending to be bad, Gilbert was certainly no Suzie Abromeit. :) But, how can they recruit him for this show but not put a Fox WB-210 in his hand? The earliest version of this frame was launched in 1985, and isn't all that difficult to come by today. This is totally inexcusable (from an equipment geek's perspective)!! I hope they fixed this oversight in the next season? After all, that particular contest was left unresolved, giving the writers plenty of opportunity to bring Gilbert back for an encore.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I watched this movie ("16-Love") on Netflix; it's junior tennis cum Rocky IV, in which Abromeit played a prettier and possibly meaner version of Ivan Drago. The action sequences made it abundantly clear that she was the only real tennis player on the court, whose job it was to dump the ball into the net on cue. Her "Russian" accent was completely free of Eurasian influence however. :) Given her relative success in the business in recent years, maybe she should have played the lead in this movie, Dean Paul Martin style. The action scenes would have looked a lot more believable...
Yes, the producers should have cast Abromeit as the lead character. It would have been a much better movie with it centered around her. It was barley watchable as it was.
 
Magnum P.I.
Episode: Mixed Doubles
Air Date: December 2, 1982

I see a myriad of Prince Pro's and Head Director or Edges....LOL..I remember watching this back in 82 in 9th grade...good old days and wanting a Head tennis shirt like Magnum's...and maybe Kim Richards too ;-)

 
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vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Movie: Jocks - 1986
Synopsis: The coach of a college tennis team is given an ultimatum: put together a winning team, or else.
Lots of classic frames..Wilson, Head, Adidas..around 40 min mark.
I vaguely remember this movie. It was nice seeing Ogre getting another gig after Revenge of the Nerds.





*edit forgot it was Ogre and not animal
 
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Sanglier

Semi-Pro
I vaguely remember this movie. It was nice seeing Animal getting another gig after Revenge of the Nerds.
Animal, Christopher Lee, Mariska Hargitay, salon-quality hair, sleeveless shirt, every stereotype and cliché on the planet, and tennis. Who could ask for anything more? :)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Animal, Christopher Lee, Mariska Hargitay, salon-quality hair, sleeveless shirt, every stereotype and cliché on the planet, and tennis. Who could ask for anything more? :)
You even had Richard Roundtree as the coach. It wasn't a bad cast. It's such a stereotypical bad 80's movie. Donald Gibb aka Ripper, ogre I think played the same character throughout the 80's and 90's.
 

Sanglier

Semi-Pro
Just re-watched Robert Downey Jr.'s "Chaplin" on Netflix, and re-discovered the tennis scene with Kevin Kline, and noticed the period-correct racquets they used. In searching for the scene online (in vain) to add to this thread, I came across these two lists, compiled by people who obviously gave this subject a lot of thought, and considerable time:

http://www.classicfilmguide.com/indexa7e4.html/ This list is about as complete as any single individual is likely to come up with. The author seems to watch and write about films for a living.

http://www.listal.com/list/tennis-1872 This is a much shorter list, but the author was nice enough to include some screen grabs to help us visualize the scenes. I am particularly surprised to see those Chris "5 Star Competition Composite" sticks in the original "Total Recall". These racquets had been around for five years already when the movie came out, but I wasn't aware of them back then and never realized that they were real. They even kept the stock stencil on the string bed! I also never noticed that "VGP" had mentioned this scene when discussing the Chris in the "Odd looking classics" thread seven years ago, even though I've read that thread multiple times...

It's interesting how many details one misses when one is not actively looking for them.
 

Don't Let It Bounce

Hall of Fame
I just saw the February 1989 Cheers episode "Don't Paint Your Chickens". A beautiful, athletic blonde enters the bar and pings Sam's radar early in the episode, carrying a Prince 1-stripe Graphite, with (weirdly) a Donnay logo stenciled on the strings.
 
This is my kinda thing

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Balls Out (2009)

Jocks (1986) is a ripper, too.

Sure there was a Woody Allen movie with Diane Keaton with a woody.
Love that the Stiffler dude looks like Andy Roddick in the Balls Out movie
 
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Sarcastic

Rookie
Trading Places, "And she stepped on the ball". We use that quote all the time when we play and screw up.


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Yes, Völkl frames were available in the USA in 1985 - the company had a distributorship office in Banner Elk, NC (of all places!) at the time, but they were not widely sold in the States, and the only American "face" using them on tour was Mark Dickson.
Banner Elk... That explains why the only place you could get one in Charlotte was "The Tennis & Ski Chalet"
 
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Sanglier

Semi-Pro
There is a new release on Netflix called "A Futile and Stupid Gesture", a film adaptation of Doug Kenney's chemically altered biography, in which tennis made more than just a cameo appearance - It's actually a minor but significant plot device!

Much to my amazement, Chevy Chase (played by Joel McHale) wielded a ProAm(!) in two consecutive scenes. This has got to be the most obscure and unusual frame to make an appearance in a movie, perhaps even more so than the futuristic Chris, because the Chris was a production racquet at the time Total Recall was made, whereas in this case someone had to do some actual digging to come up with this thing.

Either the prop master is a regular visitor of this forum and has a collection of rare vintage frames for just such an occasion, or the guy he sent to GW to pick up some old racquets that day just happened to come across a ProAm.

McHale shows pretty good form hitting with this racquet, unlike Will Forte's Kenney, whose balls were clearly sailing for the next court in most of the shots. Having hit with the ProAm and experienced its tiny sweet spot and tuning fork-like behavior first hand, I would extend my praise for McHale's onscreen playing to more than just his form; I think he may even be better at this than the real Chevy Chase, who has been a tennis guy forever.

As for whether Chevy Chase actually played with one of these in 1980, who knows? But if this racquet was intriguing enough for Françoise Durr to try out a few years earlier, it's at least plausible that Chevy would have given it a shot as well, although by 1980 he would almost certainly have been playing with a composite.

 
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joe sch

Legend
There is a new release on Netflix called "A Futile and Stupid Gesture", a film adaptation of Doug Kenney's chemically altered biography, in which tennis made more than just a cameo appearance - It's actually a minor but significant plot device!

Much to my amazement, Chevy Chase (played by Joel McHale) wielded a ProAm(!) in two consecutive scenes. This has got to be the most obscure and unusual frame to make an appearance in a movie, perhaps even more so than the futuristic Chris, because the Chris was a production racquet at the time Total Recall was made, whereas in this case someone had to do some actual digging to come up with this thing.

Either the prop master is a regular visitor of this forum and has a collection of rare vintage frames for just such an occasion, or the guy he sent to GW to pick up some old racquets that day just happened to come across a ProAm.

McHale shows pretty good form hitting with this racquet, unlike Will Forte's Kenney, whose balls were clearly sailing for the next court in most of the shots. Having hit with the ProAm and experienced its tiny sweet spot and tuning fork-like behavior first hand, I would extend my praise for McHale's onscreen playing to more than just his form; I think he may even be better at this than the real Chevy Chase, who has been a tennis guy forever.

As for whether Chevy Chase actually played with one of these in 1980, who knows? But if this racquet was intriguing enough for Françoise Durr to try out a few years earlier, it's at least plausible that Chevy would have given it a shot as well, although by 1980 he would almost certainly have been playing with a composite.

Outstanding posting as usual from @Sanglier
This one is on my list now as is BOTS which I still have not seen and is now out at RedBox.
The Professional Amateur (ProAm) Industries alunimium tennis racket is a classic work in metal and only a few that I have seen in several collections. Below is some more info.

FORGED ONE PIECE ALUMINIUM

NO RIVETS ANYWHERE! circa EARLY 1970'S

DESIGNED BY TOM GALICH & RAY JENKINS IN THE LATE 60'S EARLY 1970'S THIS RACQUET IS ONE PIECE WITH A HOLLOW CORE HANDLE. PATENT 3.702. 189

FOR OWNERS OF SIEGFRIED KUEBLERS BOOK REFER PAGE 301
 

BorgCash

Legend
It was an episode in Columbo serial called Murder in Malibu, 1990. The murderer was a tennis player/instructor. He carried several racquets with him, they were different, and some of them were Prince.
 
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