On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »
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It's funny to think that so many people go to the movies or watch them on television each week yet I'd be willing to bet that the majority of them doesn't know how sound actually gets on the movies and I'm sure many didn't know this back in 1940, a brief decade after sound became the popular (and only) thing. This documentary runs just under 10-minutes but it has MGM sound engineer Douglas Shearer telling us exactly how our favorite movies can speak. This "New Romance of Celluloid" episode is a pretty good one as we get a brief bit of information in a film that is clearly meant to be promotion for future films by the studio. We do get some behind the scenes footage from BITTER SWEET, which was a Technicolor production but we get to see some of the footage in B&W since this was how the documentary was shot. We also get to see Clark Gable's voice from COMRADE X. The rest of the film pretty much spotlights upcoming movies like A WOMAN'S FACE, BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST and THE GREAT ZIEGFELD. In the end, even the promo stuff isn't too bad as we get some nice information that I'm sure many people aren't aware of. Showing this in a theater today would certainly be a lot more entertaining than those silly trivia questions.
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