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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:29 PM

"Dagmar's Hot Pants Inc." on Netflix



Spanning the gamut of Scandinavian interior decor, this film was apparently funded in part by the Swedish telephone company, one of the premier national telecommunication providers of the 1970's. Within the first twenty minutes of the film, you will feast your eyes upon no fewer than three different models of residential telephone equipment, two commercial sets common to that era, and one of their premier full-featured public payphones.

While the exterior shots provide a lavish introduction to the beautiful town of Copenhagen, don't let the movie magic fool you. Those are clearly Swedish telephones. Prior to legislation passed in 1980, Televerket, much like AT&T here, was the sole legal provider of telephone terminal equipment which could be lawfully connected to the public switched telephone network. However, unlike AT&T, the range of models, colors, and dialing features was, even in the early 1970's, well beyond those offered in the United States.

The language of the film is English, and hence this film is representative of many Swedish films of that era which led to global admiration for the Swedish telephone system and its enticing array of equipment, dialing plans, remarkable call clarity and reasonable pricing.

Any person having an interest in 20th century telephone equipment history will enjoy this film thoroughly.

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Reply "Dagmar's Hot Pants Inc." on Netflix (Original post)
jberryhill Dec 2012 OP
pscot Dec 2012 #1
jberryhill Dec 2012 #2
Politicub Dec 2012 #3
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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:20 AM

1. A film with many layers

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:26 AM

2. Although...


I always think of Denmark as having a relatively cool climate, and many of the layers are surprisingly sheer.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:41 AM

3. What a gem!

Thanks for the rec.

Love the old telecom stuff.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:57 AM

4. There's even a radio phone near the end!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:14 AM

5. I'm a sucker for old high design and retro tech

If you have any other suggestions that are on netflix or amazon streaming, would love to hear them.

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