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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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Features Moulin Rouge (1934) See more »

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Blue Skies
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Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Al Jolson
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The Voice That Thrilled was pretty good while The Voice from the Screen not so much
3 December 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This Warner Bros. documentary short tells of their contribution to sound films which started with late sibling Sam's championing the Vitaphone process which contributed to the development of The Jazz Singer's success and the first all-talking picture Lights of New York of which a pertinent clip is shown. I'll just now say that this was quite an educational experience even though it was biased toward this particular studio's efforts. I'd now like to move on to another short on The Jazz Singer DVD that's not listed on this site: The Voice from the Screen. Hosted by Edward B. Craft, executive vice president of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., he presented before the New York Electrical Society on Oct. 27, 1926, the Vitaphone method of recording sound for film that-as filmed here-now looks very boring especially when there no cuts or different camera angles depicted even when having a director demonstrate filming the guitar-and-ukulele singing duo of Witt & Berg. At least that same duo is later in close-up when singing their next song. That one gets a two while the other short's rating is above...


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