Telephone Operators On Skates?


Last Friday, I watched one of last year’s most talked about movies (at least in my circles).  I must say that the Clint Eastwood helmed/Angelina Jolie-starring film Changeling was well worth the months I have been endeavoring to watch it.  The story itself was harrowing made even more dramatic by the fact that is factually based.

Since taylhis has already given an excellent synop, I will mention the pains taken in the creating of late 1920-early 1930s Los Angeles.  Costuming, set design, the music, everything put you right there.  The only building that is still standing in the greater LA locale is the City Hall itself which has been seen in numerous television series and movies (I can think of two immediately: The Naked Gun and the watchable if laughable updated Dragnet starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd).  Eastwood even resurrected the LA streetcar (which have been out of service since 1961).  The multi-talented director also composed the musical score for the film which he has done in many of his efforts… primarily with his passion for jazz.  The costume design was totally period.  Did telephone switchboard operators really move along on roller skates… complete with key?

And here is my extreme geek topic of the day.  The fact that (The) Changeling is a title of a TOS episode was not lost on me.  In fact, some theatres received the film under the name Nomad which was the name of the space probe from the 1967 season two episode.  Not a total geek, I had to cheat on the year the episode premiered.

A truly memorable viewing experience.  Again, totally robbed at Oscar time (and Clint was not even nominated).

5 thoughts on “Telephone Operators On Skates?”

  1. TOS = ?
    Think it is just Changling, no the.
    Glad you enjoyed it. So, DID operators wear roller skates? Probably, everything else is historically accurate, why would they decide to just add that in? Not a big fan of Jolie, but in this movie, she shines.
    And Eastwood – what a talent! The score stands out as one of the key elements that set the mood for this movie.
    One of my favorites.
    Do you remember that huge fire that had a Universal Studios Hollywood? Some of the Changling sets were destroyed, but I think they were done filming.
    And I think Amy Ryan was great in this movie as well – she was barely recognizable as Holly from The Office.

  2. Star Trek TOS… OMG… I forget… TOS = The Original Series; TNG = The Next Generation; DS9 = Deep Space Nine, etc. Forgive my geekness.

    I’m sure they did wear skates, too just wanted a catchy title.

    I’m not a huge fan of Angelina, either. But I think a lot of worth award contenders were seriously overlooked. Amy Ryan was great, too!

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