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Lights of New York (1928) Poster

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The first feature film with all synchronous dialogue.
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Microphones were strategically placed on sets. One noticeable microphone was in the telephone on Hawk's desk.
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Originally approved for production as a 2-reeler. Albert Warner approved expanding it to a 57-minute feature despite an untested director. It's $75,000 cost returned $2 million to the studio.
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Eddie is told to stay away from "the roaring forties", meaning the Times Square (42nd St.) area of NYC., then and for many later years known as an entertainment district and for its' wild night life. The free spirited decade of the 1920s can be described in the same vein, as "roaring".
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Director Bryan Foy had no previous experience directing features. He had been a gag writer and supervised a multitude of Vitaphone musical shorts shot in New York.
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Vitaphone production reels #2531-2537
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Filmed in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system, it is the first all-talking full-length feature film, released by Warner Bros., who had introduced the first feature-length with sound The Jazz Singer in the previous year. The film, which cost $23,000 to produce ("B" picture), grossed over $1,000,000. The enthusiasm with which audiences greeted the talkies was so great that by the end of 1929, Hollywood was producing sound films exclusively.
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