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 »
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.
John G. Adolfi
Betty Jane Graham
A group of stable hands is given a race horse when its owner retires from the business. (The group is played by the "Original Sing Band," which uses their mouths to sound like musical ... See full summary »
The Original Sing Band,
This film was believed lost for many years. In the 1990s the film element was found in the Library of Congress, having been mislabeled as a trailer for The Jazz Singer (1927). Several months later the Vitaphone disk surfaced from a collector in Maryland, who had retained it despite it having been broken into five pieces. Through extraordinary restoration efforts, the print of the film is in excellent condition with wonderful sound (and no trace of the broken disk). See more »
Al Jolson in an early Vitaphone talkie has him in blackface doing three songs with a Southern backdrop. This was a big hit for Warner and led to The Jazz Singer getting made so there's a historic aspect here but the film works well on its own as Jolson is very lively and the three songs are quite good.
This film is pretty much forgotten today but I think it's a lot more enjoyable than The Jazz Singer, which would be released the following year. You can view this short on The Jazz Singer 3-disc set.
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