This short on movie sound men starts with a short history of sound in the movies. We then see how the different jobs in the sound department contribute to the finished film. They start with... See full summary »

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Margie Bellew (archive footage) (uncredited)
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The Cisco Kid (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Bill (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Biff Jones (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Cooper ...
George Cooper - Sound engineer (uncredited)
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Min (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Man at Racetrack (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Dudley (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mary Barrett (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Al Jolson (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Julia Brougham (archive footage) (uncredited)
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This short on movie sound men starts with a short history of sound in the movies. We then see how the different jobs in the sound department contribute to the finished film. They start with the technicians, who record the original sounds, and end with the re-recording mixer who takes several different tracks and blends them into a single soundtrack. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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13 January 1950 (USA)  »

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Telling The World Of Their Wonders!
10 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IT IS LIKE a breath of fresh air for coming out of the Hollywood glad-handing, self congratulatory mill. Rather than a lot of "wow, ain't we good", of which the Oscars have become, really get an inside look at the technical aspects of movie-making. In particular, it is of the "Talkies" all important demigod, the sound gut.

ECONOMY OF PRODUCTION is the obvious credo here, as the director sews together some footage apparently culled from MGM, Warner Brothers, Fox and other studios. Added to those archival bits of footage are some done as "behind the scenes" sequences, designed to show the camera filming the action while it too is being filmed.

WE THEN ARE shown the expertise displayed by these learned men of science, as the masterfully add and blend the right sounds in the proper volume in just the correct lengths to render otherwise "silence" into a living, 'breathing' scene.

PRODUCED BY THE Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (officially), this short was the distributed by Columbia Pictures. Well, Schultz, the big shot moguls must have thought this to be below their dignity. So, the threw it as a bone to former Poverty Row operator, Harry Cohn of Columbia.

NOW SCHULTZ, AIN'T that sweet?


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