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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: 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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