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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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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giovanni Martinelli ...
Canio in 'Pagliacci' (segment "Vesti la giubba") (archive footage)


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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone release number 1179A. See more »


Features The Declaration of Independence (1938) See more »


Music by George Gershwin
Played during the introduction to "The Jazz Singer"
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A nice overview of sound movies.
22 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short was included with the DVD set for "The Jazz Singer"--with two of the three DVDs containing wonderful extras about early sound films. This 1943 short essentially covers most of the material that is covered more in depth and in a more interesting manner in "The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk"--a truly wonderful 85 minute film about the history of sound films. This short is only about 20 minutes and seems a bit rushed and superficial--but it does show a few really nice clips from the earliest sound films--more even than were in "The Dawn of Sound". My advice is that if you must see one film, see "The Dawn of Sound" but if you are a crazy film nut like me, see them both--they are both exceptionally interesting and important films.

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