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Post# 8817   1/31/2007 at 13:11 (5,779 days old) by hoovcand ()        

yo can anyone tell me some good vac or hoover scenes from films movies

Post# 8840 , Reply# 1   2/1/2007 at 02:09 (5,779 days old) by skippy (New York, NY)        
Co-starring Hoover

Although not contemporary, the best role of a vacuum in a movie has to be
1963's Jerry Lewis vehicle called "Who's Minding The Store?" Lewis plays a haples
dept. store employee who creates havoc while bumbling from one department to the next. The final scene involves Jerry performing a minor "adjustment" to a society matron's Hoover giving it hurricane power. The Convertible proceeds to suck up practically everything in the store until the bag is the size of the Hindenberg
Despite all the inspired silliness there is surprising product placement of major appliance manufacturers everywhere.

Post# 8857 , Reply# 2   2/1/2007 at 13:14 (5,778 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
About Schmidt

What kind of hand vacuum cleaner was Jack Nicholson's character's wife using when she died?

Post# 8864 , Reply# 3   2/1/2007 at 14:44 (5,778 days old) by ian88 ()        

In close encounters of the third kind, when the aliens make this electrical charge or w/e that makes the appliances in the womans house start working on their own..theres a vacuum, it kinda looked like a kirby but yellow with a blue/green bag (lol
Film was ooh..mid/late 70s

Post# 8871 , Reply# 4   2/1/2007 at 19:43 (5,778 days old) by myhooverco ()        

What about that great scene in Mr. Mom when "Jaws" the vacuum cleaner is trying to eat his son's blanket (wooby)? I like how the bag explodes
There is that scene in Mrs. Doubtfire when he/she is vacuuming with a Hoover upright and the attachment hose is plugged into the base! She is so busy dancing that she does not notice that her cleaner is set up for tool use
I am sure that there are many other vacuum scenes out there...does anyone remember any others

Post# 8874 , Reply# 5   2/2/2007 at 00:28 (5,778 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Yeah, I've probably watched Mr. Mom at least 200 times just for that one scene! It was a bastardized Kirby Classic. I thought it was so cool how Michael Keaton modified it for remote control use
Tom, have you ever seen the 1960 Film "Our Man in Havana" starring Alec Guinness? In the film, he plays a Hoover dealer in Cuba who invents a machine called the "Atomic Pile vacuum cleaner." I haven't seen the film in a loooong time, but I remember seeing the Constellation, as well as several Convertibles
-- Karl

Post# 8877 , Reply# 6   2/2/2007 at 03:25 (5,778 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

In the movie "Super Suckers" you see modified Koblentz uprights sold "DTD"Another one portriad is a modified Fantom "Wildcat" vacuum.In the TV show "The thin Man" they show the unltimate "Robotic" vacuum-Robby the robot pushing a Hoover.In the Movie "Invisible boy" also starring "Robby the Robot" they show the boys mother using her "Air Way" canister.when the boy became invisible with Robby's help and a large computer-he would play pranks on his folks.The movie is part of the new Boxed set DVD "Forbidden Planet"

Post# 8942 , Reply# 7   2/3/2007 at 14:23 (5,776 days old) by timborow (Georgia)        
The Coneheads

Does anyone remember the scene from the movie Cone Heads when the mother begins vacuuming the rug. She takes the hose, puts it in her mouth and starts vacuuming. I thought that was pretty cool. Does anyone remember the brand of power nozzle she used? Tim

Post# 8969 , Reply# 8   2/4/2007 at 01:47 (5,776 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Is the Coneheads "mouth vacuum"episode on DVD?Would like to see this.

Post# 9003 , Reply# 9   2/4/2007 at 19:24 (5,775 days old) by friendlynerd ()        

I remember the mom in Big using a tan Hoover Spirit, kind of a stripped down model if I remember correctly.

Post# 9051 , Reply# 10   2/5/2007 at 05:53 (5,775 days old) by vacjwt ()        

coneheads that rings a bell very funny vacuum seen lol

Post# 9084 , Reply# 11   2/5/2007 at 14:59 (5,774 days old) by thunderhexed (Edmond, OK)        
Hope Floats

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Anyone remember the movie "Hope Floats" with Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr.? In that movie Sandra's character gets stupid drunk one night and the next day her mom wakes her up by running her "frankenkirby" right next to her bed. It looked to be some sort of older sanitronic styled model with a gold bag from a classic on it. If I remember correctly, it still had the classic patch on it. Her mom ends up leaving the vac running in her room, leaves and Sandra has to roll out of bed and goes over and yanks the cord out of the wall. Also, in "Mona Lisa Smiles" with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst, Kirsten's character is posing in her home for some pics as the perfect little housewife for some sort of womens magazine (this movie was supposed to take place back in the late 50's to early 60's I think) and in one farily quick shot, she is standing in her living room posing with her Kirby as she is running it. Again, an older sanitronic styled kirby or maybe even older with some sort of reddish, brown colored bag on it.

Post# 9355 , Reply# 12   2/7/2007 at 19:49 (5,772 days old) by jolhof ()        
Bewitched -TV Show

In Bewitched, Samantha Stephens used a Hoover Dial-a-Matic Model 1118 numerous times throughout the series eventhough Mommy dearest Endora always seemed to do something to the poor thing. BTW, that is Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha Stephens) on the front page here with the Dial-a-Matic :)

Post# 9357 , Reply# 13   2/7/2007 at 19:56 (5,772 days old) by jolhof ()        
Wrong post

Sorry everyone. I wasn't reading the Title correctly. Dis-regard my previous post as it is for TV and not for Movies, as was asked
Once again, sorry.

Post# 9366 , Reply# 14   2/7/2007 at 20:35 (5,772 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
That's OK!

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Here is Robert Seger, the developer of the code for this site using Samatha's vacuum at Fred Stachnik's house in Milwaukee a few weeks ago!

Post# 9394 , Reply# 15   2/8/2007 at 13:00 (5,771 days old) by jolhof ()        

That is so cool to see!! I know it is not supposed to be in this thread, but does anyone have any good images of this particular vacuum cleaner?

Post# 9416 , Reply# 16   2/8/2007 at 20:19 (5,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
The Hoover 1100

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The first Dial-A-Matic. Since Jeff Parker (who sold me this machine) isn't posting here (even though I asked him to) I will ask Tom Anderson to give us the lo-down on this machine. It was the first Dial-A-Matic (we refer to as DAM.) It is unusual in a couple of respects. The brushroll goes backwards, and it doesn't have a height adjustment. They had a few bugs to work out, but it was the one (I believe) that Samantha used in "Bewitched." You see I also have a later one. I love these machines and they were the first Hoover "clean-air" machines meaning that the dirt went through the bag before the fan. The tool suction wasn't bad either.

Post# 9417 , Reply# 17   2/8/2007 at 20:20 (5,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Here is the back

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All-in-all a good cleaner, but perfected as they went along.

Post# 9418 , Reply# 18   2/8/2007 at 20:21 (5,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Close Up of the Suction Inlet

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And, of course, the dial. You will recognize the dial from the Discuss-O-Vac.

Post# 9420 , Reply# 19   2/8/2007 at 20:33 (5,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Looks Like I Don't Have The Right Hose

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Tom - should the actual hose for this machine match the short one between the base and the bag?

Post# 9421 , Reply# 20   2/8/2007 at 20:37 (5,771 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
One of The Problems

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With this first machine was that that short hose from the brushroll used to clog and was difficult to clean out. They changed it so that you could easily disconnect it to clean it out.

Post# 9443 , Reply# 21   2/9/2007 at 09:08 (5,770 days old) by jolhof ()        
Thank You, Thank You

Thank you compactelectra for posting those wonderul pictures those are great.

Post# 9451 , Reply# 22   2/9/2007 at 11:58 (5,770 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
Hoover Dial-A-Matic

Samantha's DAM was a model 1100, as was major Nelson's from "I Dream of Jeannie"

The 1100 did not have the full bag indicator or an easily removable nozzle hose. The ductwork inside the bag door was also smaller, so the poor things suffered from frequent clogs.
The owners manuals instructed users to set the carpet suction between medium and low.
One of the most interesting facts of the rarly DAM is the backwards spiral of the brush roll, away from the suction. I would like to know what they were thinking(or if they even thought of it at all) but the brush rolls on the early DAMs actually worked the dirt away from the suction stream.
The spiral was reversed in 1969 with the intro of the power drive machines, which dramatically improved the cleaner's performance.
The fun is to see this backwards brush in action. Take an earlier DAM(1100/1110/1118/1120) and try and sweep up unpopped popcorn kernals with it.
Then use a reverse machine(such as a powerdrive) and see how fast the popcorn disappears.

Post# 9498 , Reply# 23   2/9/2007 at 19:58 (5,770 days old) by myhooverco ()        

Wow Fred...great shots of your DAMs. You are right in that the hose on your 1100 is a replacement. The original was colored to match the base of the machine and it was not tufflex but a rather flimsy type of hose with no reinforcement and a smooth texture.

The lady that I work with at the Hoover Historical Center (a retiree with 45 years experience) says that the machine that had the highest rate of request for parts was the 1100. She worked in the parts dept. all of those years so Jo knows!!

It is great to see you back Jeff!! Thanks for adding your insights to the DAM saga.


Post# 9500 , Reply# 24   2/9/2007 at 20:14 (5,770 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Another Problem

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With the DAMs was that people picked up the machine by the handle and it came loose. It is not unusual to find these machines with loose handles.

Post# 9504 , Reply# 25   2/9/2007 at 20:39 (5,770 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Hoover 1100 - I Dream Of Jeannie

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Here is a thread we had when we set up the site - Thanks Robert. Laura Petrie also used the Hoover 1100 on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." This is fun!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO compactelectra's LINK

Post# 9506 , Reply# 26   2/9/2007 at 20:48 (5,770 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
Major Nelson

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Is breaking the cardinal rule about DAMs. Don't pick it up by the handle!!!

Post# 228837 , Reply# 27   4/17/2013 at 16:44 (3,511 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

Going back to the comment about the Cone Heads, the Power Nozzle and hose that she used in the movies was a white Douglas Power Nozzle hooked up to a replacement white vinyl Electrolux 1205 hose, the machine end was direct connect, the handle end is pigtailed.

Post# 229138 , Reply# 28   4/19/2013 at 19:12 (3,509 days old) by raycarter (Taylor, Michigan)        

The vacuum cleaner you saw in Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a Hoover Convertible model 1076, which was finished in Ceylon Yellow and Light, Medium, and dark Taupe.

Post# 229711 , Reply# 29   4/23/2013 at 16:35 (3,505 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
vacs in movies

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anyone remember the episode of The Outer Limits where the cleaning lady sucks up a bit of fluff that turns into some kind of monster inside the vac its on youtube if anyone is interested

Post# 229770 , Reply# 30   4/24/2013 at 03:07 (3,505 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Outer Limits "shop Vac"that machine used in the show looks like a Craftsman fiberboard drum machine my Dad used to have.The motor and filter were inside-under the lid.The vac was for dry pickup only-the fiber drum and no water ball shut off valve.Beleive some of Shop Vac early models were like that Outer Limits machine.Loved how it burst open and the energy "monster" came out!!Have the original Outer Limts on DVD.Have tried the newer ones-but they are so hokey to me.Older was better!

Post# 229875 , Reply# 31   4/24/2013 at 18:09 (3,504 days old) by Louvac (A)        
Does anyone know what machine was used... one of the sitcoms from the same era that involved a lighthouse keeper who was vacuuming with a "Royal-like" machine and as I could remember, then carried it up stairs? Can't remember the name of the show, but I do recall the woman using the machine as being fairly masculine, or should I say, butch? She was a regular character.

Post# 230851 , Reply# 32   5/1/2013 at 17:27 (3,497 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
vacs in movies

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just seen another in an old black and white movie called phonecall from a stranger theres a guy vacuuming in a night club around 50 mins into the movie cant work out what kind of machine it is though it looks like a hoover upright but im not sure

Post# 230880 , Reply# 33   5/1/2013 at 20:49 (3,497 days old) by opelgtkarl (Puyallup, Washington)        
A couple I found recently...

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In the movie Rosemary's Baby, near the beginning of the movie they open up a closet in an apartment to reveal a Lady Kenmore upright. I believe it was from the early 60's.
Also in the movie We Were Soldiers, near the beginning of the movie, you can see the familiar red handle grip of a 500 series Kirby, but later in the movie, a scene opens up with a housewife vacuuming with a 1978 Wild Moss Eureka 2315 Upright.
Have a great day!

Post# 231056 , Reply# 34   5/3/2013 at 14:09 (3,495 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
As someone mentioned...

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There was Super Sucker, a movie which stared a modified Fantom Cyclone XT. I just pulled a picture off the internet of the poster, and am going to attach it below.

Post# 231126 , Reply# 35   5/4/2013 at 01:52 (3,495 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I remember another Super Sucker vacuum in the movie-the early Super Sucker vacuum-looked like a metal Koblentz upright.The machine had a white bag instead of Koblentz blue bag.And a shot of the Super sucker trade in pile-you see a Filter Queen.

Post# 309809 , Reply# 36   12/24/2014 at 18:24 (2,895 days old) by vacuumkid47 (Sibley, IA)        
Electrolux Model G

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In the movie, "Mousehunt", Ernie used a modified Electrolux model G to suck up a mouse. I am not sure, but by the look of the outer body it was. The machine was not with the original hose, it was a 70's hose that went with a Special Edition.

Post# 309824 , Reply# 37   12/24/2014 at 20:47 (2,895 days old) by fantomfan (Rochester, New York)        
Here are some more:

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"Date with an Angel" had a Hoover Dial A Matic with powerdrive, "Big" had the basic Hoover Spirit with quadraflex powerhead, "Men Don't Leave" had a basic f&g Eureka,
"Edward Scissorhands" had a Hoover Convertible, "Raising Helen" had a commercial Sanitaire, "The Borrowers" had a Kenmore Commander and an Early Electro Hygiene upright, "Uncle Buck" had a rare version of the Hoover Innovation, "Little Man Tate" had an old Kenmore stick vac, "Prancer" had a very old Hoover upright, and "Casper" had a Kirby Classic III.

Post# 309994 , Reply# 38   12/26/2014 at 20:52 (2,893 days old) by fantomfan (Rochester, New York)        
Another Eureka!

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The late, adorable Estelle Getty using a low-end F and G in "Stop, or my Mom will Shoot!." You really have to appreciate Getty to like that film. Also, in "Dennis the Menace" you see an old shop vac, and an old upright (it's in a box, you can only see the handle. I forgot to mention that "Casper" also had an old Dustbuster.

Post# 310017 , Reply# 39   12/27/2014 at 05:14 (2,893 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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"Casper" had a Kirby Classic 3 too. And the family in "The Borrowers" had a Royal upright.

Another one - the maid in the reception of the hotel in Pretty Woman has a Kirby Heritage 2

Post# 310797 , Reply# 40   1/3/2015 at 16:54 (2,885 days old) by fantomfan (Rochester, New York)        

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In "Taking Care of Business" one of the main characters walks past a display of new Hoovers. You can see an Elite 200 and a plastic Convertible. In "The Boy Who Could Fly" a Filter Queen is featured.

Post# 310859 , Reply# 41   1/4/2015 at 11:27 (2,884 days old) by moojuiceuk (Southampton, England)        

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There was a cylinder used to vacuum up the little alien in the film Mac & Me. It was a terrible 80s ET rip off with more product placement than you could shake a stick at. Being an American vacuum, I don't recognise it.

There's also a Henry to be seen in One Foot in the Grave:

@ 8min.53sec
Victor Meldrew picks a fight with the home owner using another vacuum cleaner.

And if anyone has seen the new Paddington film, Mrs Bird has a collection of Numatic machines, Henry etc all for different tasks in her store cupboard.

Post# 310875 , Reply# 42   1/4/2015 at 15:14 (2,884 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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^the other vacuum that Victor is battling with is a spinney made machine, possibly branded Band, Rotel or ETA. They were Argos and Littlewoods-Index budget machines in the late 80's and early 90's.


There was a whole heap of vacuums to be spotted in One Foot In The Grave - the Meldrews alone had a Turbopower U2336, Turbopower U2602, Henry, Dyson DC01 and a Hoover Compact. Mrs. Warboys had an Electrolux z1010.

Post# 387603 , Reply# 43   3/9/2018 at 16:06 (1,724 days old) by jrdavis (oklahoma)        

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the scene from antman?

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Post# 457249 , Reply# 44   10/5/2022 at 11:07 by VacGuy1984 (Oklahoma City)        
Coneheads Vacuum Scene

I've watched coneheads over a hundred times when i saw the vacuum scene i kept thinking the vacuum she was using was a central vacuum because the hose reminds me of a central vac hose for an older electrolux central vacuum unit. all I could be right or I could be wrong. All I know is i call it a central vacuum scene

Post# 457327 , Reply# 45   10/8/2022 at 19:48 by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Electrolux and Judy Garland

Years ago I watched a Judy Garland movie for lack of anything better to do on a Saturday. As I recall, a serviceman was temporarily staying with her and her family. There was a scene in which someone, possibly Judy's character, was cleaning with a model LX. I remember noting that the cleaner sounded like an LX, and I was impressed that the sound crew didn't dub in the sound of some random vac. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the movie, and I've had no luck finding it in 'net searches. It had to have been made in 1952 or later, so I can rule out The Clock, as it was made in 1945.


If anyone knows the name of the movie, please share and I will watch it again. I know I'm not dreaming this! Such a scene wouldn't be lost on a vintage vac enthusiast.




Post# 457329 , Reply# 46   10/8/2022 at 22:40 by ajr2993 (Bakersfield, CA)        
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

There were a few scenes of a Beam central vacuum with some scenes of the inlets.

Post# 457385 , Reply# 47   10/12/2022 at 12:17 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I was just reminded of another one.
With Halloween approaching, they're running the movie Hocus Pocus pretty often.
After the witches' brooms get stolen, they have to improvise their "modes of transportation", and Mary ends up flying on a vacuum.
When she initially wheels it out, it looks like it has a Dial A Nap like a Eureka. But, it may not even be a real vacuum.
The headlight is in a different location. And, there's a flying scene where you can see the underside, and it's just smooth underneath; no brush roll or anything.


Post# 457390 , Reply# 48   10/12/2022 at 16:50 by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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I believe the vacuum is real. The flying scene is a re-created miniaturized version of the Eureka. Flim prop experts. What is this called? To create miniaturized versions of an object for stunts.

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