Prepare yourself for bikinis, miniskirts and 1960s pop music featured in the above Scopitone film shot at Echo Park Lake. What is Scopitone? A Scoptione was a “film jukebox,” a strange bit of post-war technology that played records and displayed specially made 16 mm films that many consider precursors to music videos. Invented in France, the Scopitone spread to America, where about 500 of them were in operation by 1964, according to Wikipedia. The above Scopitone film featuring singer Jody Miller,who sang the 1960 song “Things” as she strolled around Echo Park Lake accompanied by bikini-clad dancers frolicking by the lotus bed and swaying on lake bridge. Can’t wait for bikini season to return to Echo Park.
* Update: Sandy Driscoll, an Eastsider reader and sponsor, forwarded the video to Jody Miller. Miller’s email reply:
How fun! Thanks so much for this. Love you guys! Jody