TV Fact #216 – May 28th, 2015:

A little history lesson about technology shown through the show “Cannon” (1971-1976). In an era decades before cell phone use, the character Frank Cannon (Played by William Conrad) used a “mobile phone” in his car, which was highly rare at the time although actor David Janssen used one as the character Richard Diamond in the 1950’s show “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” (1957-1960). Anyway the character of Cannon would begin by asking the mobile operator to dial a call for him.

These phones of this type were precursors to modern cell phones. On a technical note, the phone prop itself, in his car, was a Motorola brand MTS mobile phone. Hey, we had to start somewhere.

Published in: on May 28, 2015 at 2:27 AM  Leave a Comment  

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