Category Archives: Posts by Ron Hutchinson

Vitaphone View: How Vitaphone Discs are Found

Vitaphone View: How Vitaphone Discs are Found When The Vitaphone Project began in 1991, the goal was to seek out early talkie soundtrack discs that were in private hands and otherwise unknown to exist. Once located, each disc was checked … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: This is Not a Musical!

Vitaphone View: THIS IS NOT A MUSICAL! From Edison’s earliest experiments to add sound to film, the overwhelming majority of pre-1920 talkie efforts included musical performances. In 1894, barely one year after Thomas Edison built his Black Maria studio at … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Sound Without Talking

Vitaphone View: Sound Without Talking The early months of 1928 saw the transition from silent pictures to talkies ramp up big time. After The Jazz Singer premiered in October 1927, Warner Bros committed to releasing virtually all of its features with … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: THANKS FOR COMING – NOW SCRAM!

Vitaphone View: THANKS FOR COMING – NOW SCRAM! It is hard for modern audiences, often sitting with just a few dozen other patrons in a multiplex, to realize that in the twenties and thirties 3,500 seat movie palaces filled their … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Talkies For The Home

Vitaphone View: Talkies For The Home With the silent-to-sound revolution in full swing in 1928, it was only a matter of time before talkies for home consumption were developed. Many Americans were enjoying the fruits of a vibrant and growing … Continue reading

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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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