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Okay for Sound (1946)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, Short, History  |  7 September 1946 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
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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 <>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A nice history of the Vitaphone sound process
22 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I agree with Arthur Hausner--this is an exceptional film for film history buffs. It's included on Disk 2 of the 3 disk set for "The Jazz Singer". The extras on Disk 2 are particularly on the history of sound film and its technology, while Disk 3 consists of early sound shorts.

OKAY FOR SOUND was made for the twentieth anniversary of the Vitaphone sound process. This system for synchronizing sound with film (using a complicated used of a specially designed record) was introduced in 1926 with the film DON JUAN. In OKAY FOR SOUND, the entire preliminary showcase of talking and musical shorts (which was shown before DON JUAN) is shown in a very truncated form--with small excepts from each short film. As for DON JUAN, it was not a talking picture but had the first recorded musical accompaniment that was perfectly synchronized with the film. Then, a short history of how sound was created for movies was recreated using actors followed by an explanation of the process. Following this are lots and lots of clips of Warner Brothers films--sort of like a big ad for the studio.

Overall, very informative--especially in the first portions. As for the clips of newer Warner films, this wasn't especially necessary.

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