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1. The Terror (1928)

85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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Guests at an old English manor house are stalked by a mysterious killer known only as 'The Terror.'

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: May McAvoy, Louise Fazenda, Edward Everett Horton, Alec B. Francis

Votes: 20

2. Say It with Songs (1929)

95 min | Musical

5.5
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Joe Lane kills another man in a fistfight after learning that the man has made improper advances towards his wife. Joe goes to prison for the murder. When Joe gets out of prison, he visits ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Davey Lee, Marian Nixon, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 61

3. The Singing Fool (1928)

105 min | Musical, Drama

6.3
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A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy."

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Arthur Housman

Votes: 173 | Gross: $10.90M

4. Seven Days Leave (1930)

80 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Gary Cooper, Beryl Mercer, Daisy Belmore, Nora Cecil

Votes: 62

5. Sally (1929)

TV-G | 103 min | Musical

6.4
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Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Marilyn Miller, Alexander Gray, Joe E. Brown, T. Roy Barnes

Votes: 239

6. Étoile sans lumière (1946)

88 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Marcel Blistène | Stars: Édith Piaf, Marcel Herrand, Jules Berry, Serge Reggiani

Votes: 141

7. The Lion and the Mouse (1928)

Drama

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Judge Ross, on the Federal Bench, rules in favor of a large company in litigation before him, unaware that a smaller company in which he owns considerable stock has been subsumed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: May McAvoy, Lionel Barrymore, Alec B. Francis, William Collier Jr.

8. So Long Letty (1929)

64 min | Comedy, Musical

6.5
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Uncle Claude comes to the Ardmore Beach Hotel to see Tommy and his wife. At the hotel, with his two granddaughters Ruth and Sally, Uncle Claude meets a wise talking employee named Letty ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Charlotte Greenwood, Claude Gillingwater, Grant Withers, Patsy Ruth Miller

Votes: 98

9. The Beau Brummels (1928)

TV-G | 9 min | Short, Comedy

7.4
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A happy and hilarious couple (also known as "The Beau Brummels") perform "While Strolling Through the Park" and "Don't Forget to Breathe or Else You'll Die."

Stars: Al Shaw, Sam Lee

Votes: 187

10. Wise Girls (1929)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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The father of three grown daughters tries to keep his sanity, even after his free-spirited middle daughter rebelliously marries a poor plumber.

Directors: E. Mason Hopper, Elliott Nugent | Stars: Elliott Nugent, Norma Lee, Roland Young, J.C. Nugent

Votes: 38

11. Behind the Lines (1926)

8 min | Short, Music

6.1
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Elsie Janis entertains the troops from the back of a truck. She calls a French soldier up to sing with her, then dances to an American song while everyone sings, and finally shares the ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Elsie Janis, William Kernell

Votes: 52

12. Paris (1929)

97 min | Musical

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Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Irène Bordoni, Jack Buchanan, Louise Closser Hale, Jason Robards Sr.

Gross: $0.62M

13. Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors (1928)

Short, Music

6.4
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Pianist Gus Arnheim leads his orchestra in several popular tunes.

Stars: Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors, Gus Arnheim, Russ Columbo, Roy Fox

Votes: 49

14. The Voice of the City (1929)

Passed | 81 min | Crime

5.8
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An escaped convict and the detective tasked with hunting him down end up working in parallel to clear the convict's name and nab the gangsters that framed him.

Director: Willard Mack | Stars: Robert Ames, Willard Mack, Sylvia Field, Jim Farley

Votes: 55

15. When East Meets West (1928)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.7
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Comic cowboy piano player Ray Mayer and blonde singer Edith Evans perform "Henry's Made a Lady out of Lizzie," "It All Belongs to Me," "Sleep, Little One, Sleep" and "Side by Side."

Stars: Ray Mayer, Edith Evans

Votes: 31

16. The Night Court (1927)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.3
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A police raid on a night club results in the entire cast of the club's floor show being hauled into court, where they must perform their routines for the judge.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: William Demarest, Joyzelle Joyner, Dottie Lewis, Ronald R. Rondell

Votes: 101

17. Trifles (1930)

16 min | Short, Drama

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The Sheriff and County Prosecutor come to an isolated country farm where a woman killed her husband, attempting to gather evidence. Only their wives are able to solve the mystery, which they decide to keep to themselves.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Jason Robards Sr., Sarah Padden, Blanche Friderici, Frank Campeau

18. Don't Get Nervous (1929)

TV-G | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.9
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Georgie Price tells Bryan Foy, who is to direct his short film, that he is nervous about performing to a camera and microphone instead of an audience. He then sings a couple songs, in an Al Jolson/Eddie Cantor style.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Georgie Price, Bryan Foy, Harold Levey, Frank McNellis

Votes: 65

19. Top Speed (1930)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.1
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An order clerk poses as a millionaire.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Bernice Claire, Jack Whiting, Frank McHugh

Votes: 117

20. Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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Gus Visser performs part of his vaudeville act, appearing on the stage holding a white duck. Gus sings the song, "Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)", and soon the duck begins to accompany him by quacking.

Directors: Theodore Case, Earl I. Sponable | Star: Gus Visser

Votes: 384

21. The Voice from the Screen (1926)

33 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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Stars: Edward B. Craft, Cy Berg, Bob Witt

Votes: 5

22. An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)

11 min | Short, History, Music

5.1
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Mr. and Mrs. Warner Bros. Pictures and their precocious offspring, Little Miss Vitaphone, host a dinner in honor of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee, attended by most of the major players and song writers under contract to WB at that time.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Otis Skinner, Beryl Mercer, Betty Jane Graham, Loretta Young

Votes: 115

23. The Police Quartette (1927)

7 min | Short, Music

5.8
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At the police station, four Hollywood cops sing "Skinna-Ma Rink-A-Dink," "Mother Goose Medley," "Cluckin'" and "Waddle."

Star: The Police Quartette

Votes: 27

24. Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields (1927)

10 min | Short, Music

7.5
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The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »

Stars: Blossom Seeley, Benny Fields, Charles Bourne, Phil Ellis

Votes: 107

25. Chips of the Old Block (1928)

TV-G | 8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.8
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The Foy Family performs a vaudeville act.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: The Foy Family, Eddie Foy Jr., Charley Foy, Irving Foy

Votes: 87

26. Chaz Chase: 'The Unique Comedian' (1928)

7 min | Comedy, Short

5.6
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Returns from a party and states that he's still hungry. He eats the cigar he was smoking and then does some shimmying around the room. He then proceeds to light and eat his matches and then... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Star: Chaz Chase

Votes: 30

27. Leo Beers: World Renowned Whistling Songster (1928)

8 min | Short, Music

6.0
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Leo Beers, a renowned whistling songster, is sitting at a piano accompanying himself whistling a number of tunes. The tunes range from ballads to novelties to upbeats tunes. He also does ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde | Star: Leo Beers

Votes: 18

28. Green's Twentieth Century Faydettes (1929)

7 min | Short, Musical

5.2
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A straight vaudeville performance of an all-girl ensemble. The leader is dressed in something like a lord Fauntleroy outfit, and the orchestra members wear matching dresses, with a patch in... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Green's Faydettes, Nina Grey

Votes: 21

29. The Jazzmania Quintette (1928)

10 min | Short, Music

6.4
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Stars: George Stoll, Edythe Flynn, The Hot Four

Votes: 32

30. The Roof Garden Revue (1928)

10 min | Short, Music

5.4
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A musical Vitaphone short by Larry Ceballos. The songs include "Over the Garden Wall", It Was the Dawn of Love", and Baily and Barnum singing "Pretty Little Bom Bom Maid From Bombay".

Director: Larry Ceballos | Stars: Lyda Roberti, Bailey and Barnum, The Larry Ceballos Girls

Votes: 24

31. Harry Wayman and His 'Debutantes' (1928)

8 min | Short, Music

5.6
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The 'Debutantes' are an all female orchestra led and directed by Harry Wayman doing some musical and dancing routines, Harrry accompanies with the violin.

Star: Harry Wayman

Votes: 22

32. The Band Beautiful (1928)

9 min | Short, Music

6.9
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An all-female orchestra plays popular songs of the day.

Star: The Ingenues

Votes: 82

33. Bernado De Pace (1927)

7 min | Musical, Short

6.2
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Bernardo De Pace, known as "The Wizard of the Mandolin," plays several tunes, including "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna" and "That's Why I Love You."

Star: Bernardo De Pace

Votes: 36

34. Stories in Song (1928)

10 min | Short, Music

6.0
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Veteran Broadway performer Adele Rowland sings four songs in this Vitaphone short.

Stars: Adele Rowland, Mildred Brown

Votes: 26

35. Trixie Friganza in My Bag o' Trix (1929)

TV-G | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.7
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A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Star: Trixie Friganza

Votes: 92

36. You Don't Know the Half of It (1929)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.5
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A comedic team. The Ann seems to try and come across as a Mae West type. Jay plays the role of the straight partner.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Jay Brennan, Ann Butler

Votes: 28

37. A Breath of Broadway (1928)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.6
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Star: Jack Waldron

Votes: 28

38. At the Seashore (1929)

9 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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Two women on a beach vacation, one a wisecracker and the other "the straight woman," hilariously comment on anything and everything going on around them.

Stars: Ethel Sinclair, Margaret La Marr

Votes: 32

39. Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs (1928)

8 min | Short, Music

5.8
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Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs, a popular West Coast group, perform "Ramona," "There Must Be a Silver Lining" and "Sunshine."

Stars: Dick Rich, Cheri Rich

Votes: 30

40. Mother's Boy (1929)

82 min | Drama, Musical

4.8
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Young Irish lad Tommy O'Day lives in a poor section of New York's Lower East Side, and is blessed with a beautiful singing voice. After an argument with his father, who accuses him of ... See full summary »

Director: Bradley Barker | Stars: Morton Downey, Beryl Mercer, John T. Doyle, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 6

41. Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats (1929)

9 min | Musical, Short

6.0
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The popular jazz band in performance. The numbers presented include "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "On the Road to Mandalay," "Chinese Dream," "Fanfare" and "Here Comes the Showboat."

Star: Paul Tremaine

Votes: 27

42. Hilda (1929)

9 min | Short, Comedy

5.1
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Director: Murray Roth | Star: Billie 'Swede' Hall

Votes: 7

43. Yamekraw (1930)

10 min | Short, Musical

6.4
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In a wordless story with semi-surreal stage sets, a poor black man ventures from his ramshackle rural home to the big city, where a dancing girl in a dive two-times him. He returns to his home and wife's arms.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Louise Cook, Hugo Mariani, Jimmy Mordecai, Margaret Simms

Votes: 27

44. Manhattan Serenade (1929)

20 min | Short, Musical

7.5
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Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: Raymond Hackett, Mary Doran, Brox Sisters, Nina Mae McKinney

Votes: 6

45. Between the Acts at the Opera (1926)

12 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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Credited as "The Howard Brothers", these two famous vaudevillians perform a signature stage routine.

Stars: Willie Howard, Eugene Howard

Votes: 77

46. The Eccentric Entertainer (1929)

8 min | Musical, Short

6.0
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Popular composer-vaudeville star Sol Violinsky plays a piano and violin simultaneously.

Star: Sol Violinsky

Votes: 25

47. The Happy Hottentots (1930)

11 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

5.7
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Two desperate singers take a job as the singing act in a movie theater between shows. They soon regret their decision.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Joe Frisco, Bob Callahan, Billy Gilbert, Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian

Votes: 106

48. I Thank You (1928)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.9
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Eddie sings fun songs and tells jokes in-between his numbers. Songs like, " get out under the moon"

Star: Eddie White

Votes: 39

49. The Cowboy and the Girl (1928)

TV-G | 8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.0
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The scene is a parlor out West, with Ray Mayer sitting at the piano in is cowboy duds - hat, scarf, and chaps. He plays a little barrel-house music and then introduces Edith Evans, who ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Mayer, Edith Evans

Votes: 63

50. The Five Locust Sisters (1928)

5 min | Short, Music

4.8
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The title performers (four singers and a pianist) perform two popular songs.

Stars: The Five Locust Sisters, Hilda Locust, Mathilda Locust

Votes: 50