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1. A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Star of 'Kid Boots' (1923)

Not Rated | 7 min | Comedy, Short, Music

6.6
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This experimental talking short shows Cantor in his vaudeville act.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Eddie Cantor

Votes: 103

2. President Coolidge, Taken on the White House Grounds (1924)

Not Rated | 4 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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The subject of this short film is taxation and tax reform

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Calvin Coolidge

Votes: 55

3. Casey at the Bat (1922)

TV-G | 6 min | Short

5.6
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Famous actor DeWolf Hopper (Sr.) recites the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer in an early sound film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: DeWolf Hopper Sr.

Votes: 50

4. Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake (1923)

3 min | Short, Music, Documentary

6.1
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Sissle and Blake perform their 1918 composition "Affectionate Dan" and jazzy spiritual rendition.

Stars: Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake

Votes: 37

5. My Old Kentucky Home (1926)

Animation, Short

5.9
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 30

6. Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake Sing Snappy Songs (1923)

6 min | Short, Music

7.4
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In a rare filmed record, the famed songwriters and vaudevillians perform. One of De Forest's earliest experimental sound films.

Director: Lee De Forest | Stars: Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake

Votes: 13

7. Bleak House (1926)

10 min | Short

5.8
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Actor Bransby Williams appears as the miser in an excerpt of Dickens' novel Bleak House.

Directors: Lee De Forest, Widgey R. Newman | Star: Bransby Williams

Votes: 9

8. Sweet Adeline (II) (1926)

Animation, Short

4.0
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 8

9. Ben Bernie and All the Lads (1923)

7 min | Short, Music

6.8
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The Ben Bernie and All the Lads band, featuring pianist Oscar Levant, perform songs by Vincent Youmans and George Gershwin in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Stars: Ben Bernie, Oscar Levant

Votes: 5

10. George Bernard Shaw (1927)

5 min | Short

7.6
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George Bernard Shaw speaks in a short film made by Lee De Forest in the early DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: George Bernard Shaw

Votes: 5

11. Charles A. Lindbergh (1927)

Short

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Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Charles A. Lindbergh

Votes: 5

12. Love's Old Sweet Song (1923)

20 min | Short

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Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Louis Wolheim, Helen Weir, Donald Gallaher, Helen Lowell

13. The Lard Song (1927)

7 min | Short

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Music hall star Tommy Lorne (1890-1935) performs "The Lard Song" in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Star: Tommy Lorne

14. Abraham Lincoln (1924)

Short

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Director: J. Searle Dawley | Star: Frank McGlynn Sr.

15. The Sheik of Araby (II) (1926)

Short, Musical

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British entertainer Paul England sings popular tune "The Sheik of Araby" in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Miles Mander | Star: Paul England

16. Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (1923)

6 min | Short

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The sextet from opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Donizetti, based on novel "The Bride of Lammermoor" by Sir Walter Scott, in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest

17. Marie Lloyd Jr. (1926)

Short, Music

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Star: Marie Lloyd

18. Weber and Fields (1923)

7 min | Short

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Vaudeville stars Weber and Fields perform their famous pool hall routine in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Stars: Lew Fields, Joe Weber

19. The Radio Franks (1926)

Short

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New York radio personalities Frank Bessinger and Frank Wright perform as "the Radio Franks" in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Stars: Frank Bessinger, Frank Wright

20. Flying Jenny Airplane (1921)

Documentary, Short

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A short film showing a Curtiss JN-4 ("Jenny") biplane in flight.

Director: Lee De Forest

21. The Jubilee Four (1924)

Short

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African-American gospel group The Jubilee Four perform in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: The Jubilee Four

22. John Citizen's Lament (1927)

Short

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Charles Paton performs song "If Your Face Wants to Smile, We'll Let It In" as performed in the Lyceum Theater review "John Citizen's Lament".

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Star: Charles Paton

23. The Barrister (1928)

8 min | Short

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Director: Hugh Croise | Star: George Robey

24. Rigoletto, Act Two (1923)

Short, Music

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Excerpt of the second act of opera "Rigoletto" with soprano Eva Leoni and company in short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, and premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York City on 15 April 1923.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Eva Leoni

25. Safety First (1928)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Hugh Croise | Star: George Robey

26. Alvin and Kelvin Keech (1926)

Short, Music

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British banjo duo Alvin and Kelvin Keech perform in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The Keech brothers are sometimes credited with inventing the banjulele, a hybrid of banjo and ukulele.

Director: Lee De Forest | Stars: Alvin Keech, Kelvin Keech

27. Harry and Max Nesbitt (1927)

Short

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British music hall stars, brothers Harry and Max Nesbitt, perform in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Stars: Harry Nesbitt, Max Nesbitt

28. Lincoln, the Man of the People (1923)

4 min | Short

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Poet and writer Edwin Markham recites his poem "Lincoln, the Man of the People" written in 1900 and presented at the opening ceremonies of the Lincoln Memorial on 30 May 1922.

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Star: Edwin Markham

29. Fannie Ward (1923)

5 min | Short

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Broadway star Fannie Ward sings "Father Time" in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Fannie Ward

30. Gwen Farrar (1926)

5 min | Short, Music

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Gwen Farrar, vocal, and Billy Mayerl, piano and vocal, perform "I've Got a Sweetie on the Radio" by Billy Mayerl and Kenneth Western, in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Stars: Gwen Farrar, Billy Mayerl

31. Songs of Yesterday (1922)

5 min | Short

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Famous African-American singer Abbie Mitchell sings in an early experimental film made in the DeForest Phonofilm process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Abbey Mitchell

32. Farewell Message of Mr. Levine and Captain Hinchcliffe, Just Before Their Departure on Their Return Flight to America (1927)

Short

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Short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process in which Capt. W. G. R. Hinchliffe (1894-1928) and Charles A. Levine (1897-1991) are interviewed at the Clapham Studios in London just before their return flight to the U.S.

Stars: W.G.R. Hinchliffe, Charles A. Levine

33. I Want a Pie with a Plum In (1926)

Short

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British music hall star Dick Henderson performs the song "I Want a Pie With a Plum In" by Wal Clifford in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Star: Dick Henderson

34. Almost a Gentleman (II) (1928)

9 min | Comedy, Short

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Star: Billy Bennett

35. Barking Dog (1921)

Short, Sport

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A dog barks in front of an ivy-covered wall. One the earliest of the De Forest Phonofilm productions.

Director: Lee De Forest

36. Sammy Fain and Artie Dunn (1923)

Short

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Vaudeville stars Sammy Fain and Artie Dunn perform their song-and-dance act in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Stars: Artie Dunn, Sammy Fain

37. Sensations of 1927 (1927)

5 min | Short, Musical

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Short excerpt of the stage musical Sensations of 1927, written by composer Lawrence Wright, and filmed in the DeForest Phonofilm process.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Star: Thorpe Bates

38. The Raw Recruit (1928)

16 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Hugh Croise | Star: Ernie Lotinga

39. Cohen on the Telephone (1923)

5 min | Short

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Monroe Silver, famed monologue writer and performer, gives his version of "Cohen on the Telephone" in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Monroe Silver

40. Mirth and Magic (1928)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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41. Billy Merson Singing Desdemona (1926)

Short, Music

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Star: Billy Merson

42. Mark Griver and His Scottish Revellers (1927)

Short

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Star: Mark Griver

43. The Flat Charleston (1926)

Short, Music

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Director: Dudley Ponting | Stars: Santos Casani, Jose Lennard

44. To See If My Dreams Come True (1927)

7 min | Short

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Music hall star Jack Hodges sings song "To See If My Dreams Come True" for short film produced in the sound-on-film DeForest Phonofilm process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Jack Hodges

45. The Actors' Squad (1927)

Short

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Star: Lawrence Anderson

46. Nervo and Knox (1926)

7 min | Short, Comedy

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Nervo and Knox perform their song and dance The Love of Phtohtenese (pronounced "Hot Knees").

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Stars: Teddy Knox, Jimmy Nervo

47. I Can't Take You Out of My Dreams (1926)

5 min | Short

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Director: Widgey R. Newman | Stars: Winnie Collins, Walter Williams

48. Fred Barnes (1926)

Short, Music

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Star: Fred J. Barnes

49. Henry Cass Demonstration Film (1923)

5 min | Short

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Demonstration film of Henry Cass filmed by Lee DeForest in his Phonofilm sound-on-film system on 12 April 1923 and premiered at the Engineers Society Auditorium in New York City on 15 April 1923.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: Henry Cass

50. Syncopation and Song (1927)

Short, Musical

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Musical group The Coney Island Six perform in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Director: Lee De Forest | Star: The Coney Island Six