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The Man With The Golden Arm (1955 Film) US Currency - Real Or Fake?

 
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 Posted 09/19/2020  1:24 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The 1955 film "Man with the Golden Arm" is about a former drug addict, played by Frank Sinatra, who tries to reform his life.

He works as a poker dealer and there are scenes of two poker games showing coins and US bills on the table.

The coins are real United States coins and I believe that the bills are real United States currency notes.


1. First poker game
On the table are $5 bills, lots of quarters (25 cent coins), and at least one half dollar.
The quarters above the $5 bills are of the Washington type obverse minted since 1932.


2. First poker game
On the table is a pile of $1 bills, some half dollars, and some quarters.
The half dollar reverse on the $1 bill appears to be of the Franklin type bell reverse minted since 1948.


3. Second poker game
On the table is a pile of bills, they are $20 bills (a few), $50 bills, and $100 bills.

There was a US Treasury Department regulation which prohibited motion pictures from showing real money which was repealed in 1960.

What do you think - real or fake?


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 Posted 09/19/2020  1:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At first glance, everything looks legit. Really hard to be certain though.
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 Posted 09/19/2020  3:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All appear real.

What Treasury Department "regulation" prevented motion pictures from showing real money?

Most motion pictures use "play money" (movie money) because real money has the tendency to sprout legs and walk away between shoots.

Just like in the real world not everybody on the set is 100% honest.
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 Posted 09/19/2020  5:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Treasury regulation dated from 1934 and prohibited photographing money as a form of counterfeiting.

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 Posted 09/21/2020  09:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice screen captures!
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 Posted 09/21/2020  11:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting! Looks authentic to me.

I always thought the use of funny money on set was more for insurance compliance than for legal reasons.
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 Posted 09/22/2020  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add suipakpaikungfu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks legit to me!
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 Posted 09/23/2020  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add southsav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Real deal.
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In photo 3, on the nearest $100 note with Ben facing up, there looks to be no series suffix letter, and the blurry signatures fit the pattern of Clark-Snyder, so that might be from Series 1950.
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Everything in the photo appears genuine. The coins, the paper money, the playing cards and even the cigarette butts in the ashtray. That's my black&white, a little blurry and out of focus screenshot opinion.
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