|Air Force||1943||World War II||Adventures of a B-17 in the Pacific in the early days of the war. At the beginning is shot of an IBM Radiotype machine receiving a message.|
|Wing and a Prayer||1944||World War II||Dana Andrews; carrier pilots in the Pacific. Brief shot of IBM 405 typebars in action (the 405 dates from 1934).|
|Allotment Wives||1945||Post-World War II||About a racket that defrauds the Department of War's Office of Dependency Benefits by having women marry multiple GIs. At the beginning of the movie we see typebars in action at the ODB.|
|Walk East On Beacon||1952||Early Cold War||A noir movie about communist spies, has about a minute of footage of the IBM SSEC designed at Columbia's Watson Lab. Read more about this film HERE.|
|Infinity||1996||World War II||Matthew Broderick as Richard Feynman programming and operating an IBM 405 at Los Alamos; scenes of machine room with various equipment.|
|Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII||2010||World War II||Centered around interviews with some of the original ENIAC programmers. There is film (not just stills) of Vannever Bush's Differential Analyzer and ENIAC itself in action, as well as the woman computers seated at their desktop mechanical calculators, supplemented by stock footage of 1930s-40s IBM equipment, war production, and the war itself, not well-checked (for example, B-29s are used to illustrate the B-17 bombing missions over Germany).|
|Computer Networks - The Heralds Of Resource Sharing||1972||ARPANET||A documentary about the early ARPANET that begins with a montage of equipment, cards, tape, Teletypes, backplanes, video terminals, IMPs, etc, and then has interviews with ARPANET creators. Also (as of June 2016) available on Youtube.|
|The Americans||2013-present||Cold War||A cable network FX series about undercover KGB agents in the USA during the Reagan years. Season 2 Episode 7 Includes scenes in a machine room with a big blue DECsystem-10 (PDP-10) and an ARPANET IMP. I don't know if the IMP is real, but the PDP-10 is. Available on Amazon Instant Video|
Another possible candidate is Enigma (2001), a fictionalized story of the World War II code breakers at Bletchley Park. (Later...) No, forget it, it's a soap opera and its depiction of the Colossus is totally inaccurate. Now that Colussus has been declassified, you can see it in action.
Numerous films made in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s include stock footage of card sorters and/or spinning reel-to-reel magnetic tapes. The 1957 Tracy-and-Hepburn movie Desk Set features an impressive but fictional 1950s "electronic brain".
The IEEE has a 1946
film clip showing how Teletypes are used in telegram transmission.
The Computer History Museum has a long film on early computers
Computer Pioneers and Pioneer Computers: Dawn of Electronic Computing,
Allan Olley points out another site that lists movies with computers in
mainly featuring Apples, Ataris, Commodores, PCs, etc, but some gems among
Sat Jun 18 20:24:13 2016
Frank da Cruz / email@example.com / Columbia University Computing History /
The Computer History Museum has a long film on early computers on Youtube, Computer Pioneers and Pioneer Computers: Dawn of Electronic Computing, 1935-1945.
Allan Olley points out another site that lists movies with computers in them: Starringthecomputer.com, mainly featuring Apples, Ataris, Commodores, PCs, etc, but some gems among them:
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