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This short was made for the express purpose of noting the 20th Anniversary of Warners Vitaphone sound-on-film process, and was also made to be released concurrently, and shown on the same ... See full summary »
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Don Juan (archive footage)
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Tommy Powers (archive footage)
Anna Case ...
Singer (archive footage)
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Thomas A. Edison (archive footage)
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Violinist (archive footage)
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MPPA President (archive footage)
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Jack Robin (archive footage)
Giovanni Martinelli ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Rico (archive footage)
Roy Smeck ...
Guitar Player (archive footage)
Marion Talley ...
Singer (archive footage)
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Jack Warner (archive footage)
Efrem Zimbalist Sr. ...
Violinist (archive footage)
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This short was made for the express purpose of noting the 20th Anniversary of Warners Vitaphone sound-on-film process, and was also made to be released concurrently, and shown on the same bill, with Warners' 1946 release of "Night and Day." And that is what happened. If a theatre-goer saw "Night and Day" on first-run in any theatre, they also saw "Okay for Sound." Unless they arrived lat, and then didn't stay for the "Extra Added Attractions." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Vitaphone production reel #1492A See more »

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The program shows Mischa Elman will play "Humoresque", but later says the selection is "Gavotte". See more »

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Edited from The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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My Mammy
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Performed by Al Jolson
From The Jazz Singer (1927)
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A must for film history buffs.
30 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

What seemed just like Warner Bros. touting their pioneering of sound in movies 20 years earlier, suddenly developed into a wonderful enlightenment of the events of August 6, 1926. That was the night they released Don Juan (1926), the first feature film with a soundtrack. But other short films were shown that night, collectively called "Vitaphone Preludes," and a program distributed to the audience listing those films is shown, along with snippets of those films. First, Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers Association (MPPA), gives a short speech of appreciation for the contribution of Warner Bros. for bringing sound to motion pictures. Then, in quick succession, the program reads, and we see parts of: "Overture from Tannhauser" played by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Elman in a violin solo playing "Gavotte," Roy Smeck playing a guitar solo, Marion Talley singing "Caro Nome" from "Rigoletto," Efram Zimbalist on violin and Harold Bauer on piano playing variations from Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata," Giovanni Martinelli singing "Vesti La Guibba" from "I Pagliacci" and Anna Case singing "La Fiesta." You can also read on the program some of the music credits for Don Juan (which are not on the print). I was filled with an awesome sense of film history. Some of these short films are already in the IMDb database. It would really be a treat if Turner Classic Movies would show the entire "Vitaphone Preludes" as a package.


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