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Birth of talkies featured fox trot

17 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

WASHINGTON -- The Jazz Singer is generally regarded as the starting point for the talkies, but experiments that wedded sound with the moving picture had been going on for a long time before Al Jolson first sang on film in 1927. Thomas Edison himself tinkered with the idea as early as 1894, and while it lacks the poetical nature of Jolson singing "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet," the Dickson Experimental Sound Film is probably the oldest "talkie" in existence. The film, made by the Edison lab sometime between 1894 and 1895, features W.K.L. Dickson playing a violin into a big megaphone while two other Edison employees dance the fox trot. It is only 17 seconds long, but it marks the first time two inventions, the Kinetograph and the phonograph, were used simultaneously. »

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