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  • #111104
    unknown-user
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    After watching “Persuasion” yesterday, and seeing the scene where

    Henrietta Musgrove is playing the harp (yeah, right!) it made me

    wonder if there are other movies (besides Harpo Marx playing the

    Hungarian Rhapsody)where there is a scene with a harp being played.

    The only other ones I came up with are “Sense and Sensibility” and “A

    Little Princess”. Does anyone know of any others? I’ll bet a good

    majority would be period movies.

    #111105
    unknown-user
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    David Ice has put together a wonderful multi-media presentation of harps and harpists in the movies which can sometimes be seen at AHS conferences.

    #111106

    Cary Grant played (mimed playing) a harp in a key scene of “The Bishop’s Wife,” which starred Loretta Young and David Niven.

    #111107
    unknown-user
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    I do remember watching The Bishop’s Wife but it was before I began playing the harp.

    #111108
    unknown-user
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    “The Princess Diaries,” “Haunted Mansion” (well more or less without a visible harpist,” “The Matrix,” there are a lot of movies and tv shows that just use harps as props. *shakes fist at Hollywood* ‘The Munsters,’ ‘That’s So Raven,’ ‘Oprah’ (on occasion),and a few more, but I’ve been put on the spot, so I can’t think of them now.

    Hope that helps anyway.

    #111109
    tony-morosco
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    Mansfield Park – The sister of the scoundrel plays the harp and the actress actually does a very good job of making it look like she really was playing.

    Dangerous Liaisons. There is a scene where someone is practicing the harp and another person comes by and corrects their hand position.

    #111110
    alexander-rider
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    There was an episode of that sitcom I really SHOULDN’T

    #111111
    unknown-user
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    Here are two more which might interest you.

    #111112
    unknown-user
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    Thanks so much for all your answers.

    #111113
    carl-swanson
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    You really must make an effort to see David Ice’s presentation on the harp in

    Cinema.

    #111114
    unknown-user
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    I’ve always wondered what they do with those harps that are used in films anyway??

    #111115
    unknown-user
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    There are so many, I wish I could remember them all. The best use of harp I’ve seen on tv has been on the Carol Burnett Show, Cheers, and Frasier… and of course, I Love Lucy.

    #111116
    unknown-user
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    There’s also a Humphrey Bogart movie in which a whole scene is about the harpist playing in a night club, and they sit and listen to her. I wish I could remember the name, but it was one of his later movies.

    #111117
    unknown-user
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    In Pride and Prejudice (one of the best movies ever made!) has a harp as a prop near the piano that I suppose Mr Darcy’s “very accomplished” sister plays (not actually in the movie, she just plays the piano but you hear that she plays and sings all day so you would guess she is the one who plays it, if that makes sense :o).

    #111118
    unknown-user
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    Lydia,

    I had forgotton about the harp in Pride & Prejudice, which surprises me as it is also my favorite movie of all time.

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