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The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)

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This short traces the history of sound in the movies, beginning with French scientist Leon Scott's experiments in 1857.

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Warner Brothers pays tribute to the history of sound recording, to talking pictures, and to itself. Fresh from its "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Oscar for sound, Warner Brothers celebrates those who's work brought the world from research to sound recordings and from there to a movie with a musical score ("Don Juan"), film with synchronized sound ("Jazz Singer" and "Vesti la giubba"), and the first all-talking picture, "Lights of New York." Film clips celebrate Ethel Waters' singing, Paul Muni's biopics, Bette Davis and Gary Cooper's Oscars (plus Sgt. York speaking English, French, and Italian), and World War II newsreels and training films. Cagney's Oscar: 100 years in development. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Vitaphone release number 1179A. See more »

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An aerial view purporting to show a single bomb falling onto railroad cars shows the bomb striking one car, bouncing off and then several cars fly into the air fully intact rather than being blown apart. See more »

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Featured in The Soundman (1950) See more »

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By a Waterfall
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Music by Sammy Fain
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Interesting Warner short
7 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This Warner two reeler account of the introduction of sound emphasizes their contribution - the inevitable Jazz Singer clip - and features such novelties as Gary Cooper doing Sergeant Yorke dubbed into different languages.

It's one of the more interesting products of one time editor Hollingshead's short subjects division. Killers of the Swamp and their sports shorts are left in it's dust.

Thrirty years later director Negulesco had totally forgotten any participation.

This line is to make up length.


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