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The Soundman (1950)

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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... See full summary »

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Lola Albright ...
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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Man at Racetrack (archive footage) (uncredited)
Constance Moore ...
Singer (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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Moderately interesting short on the subject of sound in films...
7 December 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE SOUNDMAN plods along with a mercifully brief look at the origin of sound in the movies with some actual scenes of early talkies and how a few of them were made. Funniest bit shows the actors (playing criminals)gathered around a table where the mike is hidden inside a telephone. Lines are delivered very slowly and actors react in dumb fashion to the plans. Then the first western to use sound, IN OLD ARIZONA with Warner Baxter and a slew of other films like THE JAZZ SINGER and LIGHTS OF NEW YORK.

Technicians are shown playing with the various controls and knobs that separate the sounds for individual control before being aligned on one strip of film.

Summing up: A clumsy attempt to show how sound is produced on film and not particularly engaging.


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