The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early ... See full summary »
Rose Marie, aged five or six, sings three numbers in the Vitaphone sound stage decorated as an elegant drawing room. "Heigh Ho, Everybody, Heigh Ho," "Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You," and "... 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
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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