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March of the Movies (1933)

The Film Parade (original title)
A two-reel short from Alliance (produced in England and not the USA as some sources indicate)covering the history of "moving pictures" from 1848 to the (then) present, and even going into ... See full summary »

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Kent Stevenson ...
Narrator
Marian Constance Blackton ...
Woman in Garden in Camera Obscura Scene / Participant - Battle of Manila Bay recreation / Actress in 'His Sister's Beau'
Violet Virginia Blackton ...
Woman in Garden in Camera Obscura Scene
Marjorie Bonner ...
Woman at Daguerre's Studio
J. Stuart Blackton Jr. ...
Man at Daguerre's Studio / Actor in 'His Sister's Beau'
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Participant - Battle of Manila Bay recreation
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Participant - Battle of Manila Bay recreation
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Himself (film clip from 'The Champion' (1915)) (archive footage) (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Herself (film clip from 'Der Blaue Engel") (archive footage)
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Himself (film clip from 'The Stagecoach' Guard (1915)) (archive footage)
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A two-reel short from Alliance (produced in England and not the USA as some sources indicate)covering the history of "moving pictures" from 1848 to the (then) present, and even going into detail about how stationary frames of pictures are made to move, and how Sound is put onto the track. Footage from many silent films is used, including Mary Pickford (identified as Gladys Nicholson) in 1910's "Simple Charity", and Camille's death scene from "La Dame aux cemelias" in which Sarah Bernhardt dies standing on her feet (possibly to ensure the other performers didn't upstage her) and takes her own sweet time doing it. Marlene Dietrich sings "Falling in Love Again" from the English version of "The Blue Angel", which is good as the German-language title of that song is tough to write on a keyboard that has no accent marks. This short's title was changed to "March of the Movies" in the USA, which makes more sense than what most of the US film titles were changed to in England. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Though many fiction and documentary films had already been produced showing film making process, this is considered to be the first film to cover the history of movies. See more »

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Sonny Boy
Written by Ray Henderson, Buddy G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown
Sung by Al Jolson (footage from Sonny Boy)
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