: 555-555-5555



Jesda
03-15-10, 11:47 PM
Why do movies and television programs continue to use the 555 prefix when a phone number has to be shown on video/film? Its jarring and takes me immediately out of the scene. For the millions it costs to create a Hollywood film, you'd think they'd buy a phone line and just use the number attached to it.

Imagine if web sites on TV shows were all www.fictionalsite.com

RightTurn
03-15-10, 11:52 PM
867-5309

itschrome
03-15-10, 11:53 PM
you know whats really weird I got a call from 555-555-5551 once.. weird right, called it back it was a phone weather system.. tell ya what though me and my buddies who where enjoying some left handed cigarettes were pretty freaked out about it. hell it still creeps me out.

blue07cts
03-16-10, 01:29 AM
Wanna have some REAL fun? i thought cadillac customer assistance was 1-800-CADILLAC so i speaker phone dialed it, i will just say this it is NOT cadillac customer assistance, don't believe me call it!

DopeStar 156
03-16-10, 01:30 AM
I took a couple film classes in college and the "555" numbers used in media were designated by the phone company for films in the early 1930's. It was done so actual phone numbers wouldn't be advertised in movies......

CadillacCastle
03-16-10, 02:03 AM
867-5309

wasn't that number 876-5309 in a 1970s rock-n-roll song?

CadillacCastle
03-16-10, 02:15 AM
you know whats really weird I got a call from 555-555-5551 once.. weird right, called it back it was a phone weather system.. tell ya what though me and my buddies who where enjoying some left handed cigarettes were pretty freaked out about it. hell it still creeps me out.

Buy a SPOOF CARD on ebay and really freak your friends out.

77CDV
03-16-10, 02:38 AM
wasn't that number 876-5309 in a 1970s rock-n-roll song?

"Jenny, Jenny (867-5309)" by Tommy Tu-Tone. Early 80s.

eldorado99
03-16-10, 02:59 AM
"Jenny, Jenny (867-5309)" by Tommy Tu-Tone. Early 80s.

Yes, Blues Brothers 2000 had a rather animated version of the song...

c5 rv
03-16-10, 10:06 AM
For the millions it costs to create a Hollywood film, you'd think they'd buy a phone line and just use the number attached to it.


They could use that as a fan number about the movie. However, they would have to own the number forever. Could you imagine getting a new phone number and receiving weird phone calls everytime some old movie plays on TCM?

Sandy
03-16-10, 10:15 AM
Jenny, Jenny (867-5309)" by Tommy Tu-Tone. Early 80s.

Yes, Blues Brothers 2000 had a rather animated version of the song...


Oh, you guys are just too young! All those mentioned above were "cover versions" ~ the ORIGINAL was done by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels !

ALSO: 634-5789" by Wilson Pickett

Stingroo
03-16-10, 10:18 AM
Sandy has defeated you all.

77CDV
03-16-10, 10:38 AM
I remember a song I think was called "BEachwood 4-5789" by Martha and the Vandellas (I think?). Does that give me any more cred? :lol:

The Tony Show
03-16-10, 11:07 AM
1-800-GMTRUCK

Don't call it around your kids or wife.

RightTurn
03-16-10, 11:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBHJqtgo8RA

EcSTSatic
03-16-10, 01:02 PM
The Tommy Tutone song is in snopes (http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/8675309.asp)

[/URL]This guy has a whole list of songs with phone number lyrics (he can't spell "lyrics" though)
[URL="http://kentonville.com/archival/lyrics/phone-numbers-songs-lyrics.html"]Songs and Lryics About Phone Numbers (http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/8675309.asp)

CadillacCastle
03-16-10, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the Jenny song answers. What song has the phrase or this is part of the phrase "don't loose that number?

c5 rv
03-16-10, 07:59 PM
Ricky, er, Rikki...

CadillacCastle
03-16-10, 08:33 PM
Ricky, er, Rikki...

that's it thanks

77CDV
03-17-10, 02:36 AM
Chad should be dropping in any time now.