Category Archives: Posts by Ron Hutchinson

Vitaphone View: Where is “Convention City” Hiding?

Where is Convention City Hiding? Film mythology tells us that the 1933 Warner Brothers Vitaphone Pre-Code feature Convention City was so hot and so outrageous that after its initial run, Jack Warner recalled every print and burned them. To this … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: The Coming of Talkies – The Theatre’s Angle, Part 2

  Vitaphone View: The Coming of Talkies The Theatre’s Angle, Part 1 This is the second part of my two-part blog series on the effect of the coming of sound to exhibitors in the late 1920’s…….. ….. A New Deal on … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: The Coming of Talkies – The Theatre’s Angle, Part 1

Vitaphone View: The Coming of Talkies The Theatre’s Angle, Part 1 This  is the first of my two-part blog series on how the coming of sound affected theatres and exhibitors. In the conversion to the exhibition of talking pictures, Western … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Vaudeville in a Can

Vaudeville in a Can The prime motivation for the Warner Bros in pursuing Vitaphone and sound films had little to do with actors talking on the screen.  Harry Warner was quoted as saying “Who the hell wants to hear actors … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Victor Pict-Ur-Music: In Case the Silents Hang Around

Victor Pict-Ur-Music: In Case the Silents Hang Around It is hard to believe, nine decades after the talkie revolution began, that at the time many felt sound films would be a passing fad soon rejected by the public.  After all, … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Finding Early Technicolor Films

  Finding Early Technicolor Films Most film buffs know how unstable nitrate film is, and how over 90% of black and white motion pictures made before 1930 have decomposed and no longer survive.  The survival rate of films made in … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Discoveries Galore “Down Under”

Discoveries Galore “Down Under”  During the 1960’s there were a number of major film vault fires that destroyed the only known prints or negatives of silent and early sound films.  The worst of these was on May 13, 1967 at … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: How Talkies Changed Movie Snacks

How Talkies Changed Movie Snacks It has long been recognized that the transition from silent films to talkies was truly a massive revolution, and occurred over a very short period.  In early 1926 every Hollywood film was silent.  By the … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Early Talkie Restorations and the Theory of Relativity

Early Talkie Restorations and the Theory of Relativity When The Vitaphone Project began in 1991, its primary goal was to seek out, mainly in private collectors’ hands, long-lost 16-inch soundtrack disks for early talkies. When a match with a surviving … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Early Talkies Talk Again

Early Talkies Talk Again! The Vitaphone Project was formed in 1991 by several film buffs and 78rpm record collectors with the goal of seeking out the 16 inch diameter shellac soundtrack disks that provided the audio portion of 1926-30 early … Continue reading

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