The Parker Jotter: The Pen You See in Every Movie (2023)

By Samantha Di Nardo

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The Parker Jotter: The Pen You See in Every Movie (2023)

By Samantha Di Nardo

In this video, I talk about the Parker Jotter, the pen you see in pretty much every movie.

You may not realize it, but you’re already pretty familiar with the Jotter. 

The Jotter makes appearances in hundreds of popular movies and TV shows. Here’s a list of just SOME of those appearances:

The Jotter's Movie Appearances:

  • The Irishman
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The Breakfast Club
  • GoldenEye
  • Old Boy
  • Red
  • Shutter Island
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Two Popes
  • Se7en
  • Just Mercy
  • Joker
  • Zodiac
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Apollo 13
  • Lean On Me

The Jotter's TV Appearances:

  • Ted Lasso
  • The Office
  • Mr Bean
  • Endeavor
  • Mindhunters
  • Versace
  • White Collar
  • Luther

Why is the Jotter in every movie?

The Parker Jotter is an affordable, reliable, and supremely clickable pen (just watch GoldenEye, you’ll see). It became super popular upon its release in 1954, outmatching every other ballpoint on the market up until then.

Because of its instant success, Parker released updates to it pretty much annually.

So, the Jotter stuck around, and it became a common artifact in daily life, especially in the burgeoning corporate workplace (evident in Mad Men).

A growing popular interest in industrial design also contributed to the Jotter’s success. When the Bauhaus design principles of form and function hit America through influence of designers like Marcel Breuer, Charles Eames, and Eliot Noyes, the Jotter perfectly embodied a great many of their highest design ideals.

It was easily mass-produced, it performed its function perfectly, and it looked beautiful without the overuse of materials. That’s all stuff the great designers love, and the Jotter has it all.

The Parker Jotter’s fast-blossoming popularity made it an instant classic, and so it appears in a lot of period pieces, biopics, and pretty much any other type of film.

At Dayspring Pens, we’re also totally enamored with the pen . Most of our staff uses one every day to fulfill daily writing tasks. So, we’re happy to feature this pen and share a little more about it to other pen enthusiasts.

Jotter's also make incredible personalized gifts! 


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And let us know what you love about the Jotter in the comments below!

Here’s some other helpful links to information on the Jotter:

  1. The History of the Jotter
  2. Our List of the Best Parker Pens
  3. The Parker Jotter’s Wiki Page


Sam DiNardo

Sam Di Nardo is the Lead Blogger at Dayspring Pens where she has become an expert in all things ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen. Her current fountain pen favorite is the Franklin Cristoph Model 20 Marietta. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their growing family. Learn more about Sam's Bio.


Nice! Could we link it to our Parker Jotter OWL group?


Very nice pen

Kumar thapa magar

For years I’ve been noticing T-ball Jotters in movie and TV and could never find an article about why. They are used in The Crown.


Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night.

Paul signs autographs on photographs for his grandfather.


Prisoners, 2013 ;)


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