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1. Lambchops (1929)

8 min | Comedy, Short

6.8
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George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen

Votes: 281

2. The Singing Fool (1928)

105 min | Musical, Drama

6.4
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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: 164

3. 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: 105

4. 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: 218

5. Caro Nome (1926)

7 min | Short, Music

6.1
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Metropolitan Opera star Marion Talley sings "Caro Nome" from Verdi's opera Rigoletto in a short film made in the Vitaphone process and shown before the feature Don Juan on 6 August 1926 at Warner's Theater in New York City.

Director: Edwin B. DuPar | Star: Marion Talley

Votes: 21

6. 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: 109

7. The Terror (1928)

85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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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: 14

8. Bubbles (1930)

Unrated | 8 min | Fantasy, Short, Music

4.9
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A Vitaphone Varieties short. Features costumed children in a cavern-like land of 'make believe' where they sing and tap dance. Marjorie Kane sings an introductory song.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: The Vitaphone Kiddies, Judy Garland, Mary Jane Gumm, Virginia Gumm

Votes: 163

9. 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: 60

10. A Plantation Act (1926)

10 min | Short, Music

5.9
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Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

Director: Philip Roscoe | Star: Al Jolson

Votes: 156

11. 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: 352

12. The Voice of the City (1929)

Passed | 81 min | Crime

5.9
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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: 52

13. Seven Days Leave (1930)

80 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Gary Cooper, Beryl Mercer, Daisy Belmore, Nora Cecil

Votes: 50

14. Wise Girls (1929)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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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.

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

Votes: 37

15. 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: 93

16. Star Without Light (1946)

88 min | Drama

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

Votes: 135

17. Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields (1927)

10 min | Short, Music

7.8
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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: 88

18. Yamekraw (1930)

10 min | Short, Musical

6.7
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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, Jimmy Mordecai, Margaret Simms

Votes: 22

19. The Revelers (1927)

9 min | Short, Music

5.8
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Stars: The Revelers, Franklyn Baur, Frank Black, Wilfred Glenn

Votes: 6

20. 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

21. Dick Rich and His Synco-Symphonists (1928)

Music

5.6
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Stars: Dick Rich, Sid Austin, The Dean Twins, Cheri Rich

Votes: 5

22. The Ham What Am (1928)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.6
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Star: Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 5

23. Paris (1929)

97 min | Musical

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

24. Stark Mad (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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An expedition sets out through the jungle to find a missing explorer, but stumbles upon an ancient Mayan temple that houses a giant ape.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: H.B. Warner, Louise Fazenda, Jacqueline Logan, Henry B. Walthall

25. School Daze (1930)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Carl McBride | Stars: Jack White, Jeanie Lang, Ty Parvis

26. Metro Movietone Revue (I) (1929)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Music

4.9
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Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Harry Rose, Grace Rogers, The Capitolians, Gus Van

Votes: 31

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

8 min | Short, Music

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Star: Harry Wayman

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

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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

29. Harry Fox and His Six American Beauties (1929)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Harry Fox, Marjorie Main

30. Talking It Over (1930)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Murray Roth | Star: Jack Osterman

31. Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet (1930)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.4
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Early Vitaphone-Warner Bros. short film introduced as part of the Vitaphone Varieties series featuring Jack Buchanan who announces to the audience that he will be replacing a member of the ... See full summary »

Star: Jack Buchanan

Votes: 43

32. 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: 66

33. A Movietone Divertissement (1930)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.1
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M-G-M presents four acts from the vaudeville stages in this early sound short.

Stars: Tom Waring, Johnny Marvin, Yvette Rugel, Billy Jones

Votes: 13

34. 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: 51

35. 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 ...

Stars: Elsie Janis, William Kernell

Votes: 48

36. Aunt Jemima: The Original Fun Flour Maker (1927)

Short, Music

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Stars: Tess Gardella, Art Sorenson

37. The Happy Hottentots (1930)

11 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

6.0
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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: 76

38. Sharps and Flats (1928)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.5
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Stars: Jimmy Conlin, Myrtle Glass

Votes: 17

39. I Thank You (1928)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

4.9
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Star: Eddie White

Votes: 7

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

7 min | Comedy, Short

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Director: Murray Roth | Star: Chaz Chase

41. A Cycle of Songs (1928)

11 min | Short, Music

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Star: Florence Brady

42. A Breath of Broadway (1928)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.1
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Star: Jack Waldron

Votes: 7

43. Two Good Boys Gone Wrong (1929)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Harry Jans, Harold Whalen

44. Horace Heidt and His Californians (I) (1929)

Short, Music

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Director: Murray Roth | Star: Horace Heidt

45. 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.

46. Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (1930)

Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Ben Bernie, Frances McCoy, Pat Kennedy

47. Women They Talk About (1928)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Irene Rich, Audrey Ferris, William Collier Jr., Anders Randolf

48. The Opry House (II) (1929)

9 min | Short, Music

6.6
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The Mound City Blue Blowers and Doris Walker perform popular songs of the day.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Lew Hearn, Doris Walker, The Mound City Blue Blowers, Josh Billings

Votes: 53

49. 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: 61

50. Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1929)

Short, Music

5.4
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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Red Nichols, Eddie Condon, The Five Pennies, Egon Petri

Votes: 9