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When the Talkies Were Young (1955)

Approved | | Short, History | 29 April 1955 (USA)

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Warner Brothers looks back to the early days of talking pictures. Dwight Weist narrates film clips from five movies: "Sinner's Holiday," introducing James Cagney with a glimpse of Joan ... See full summary »

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Warner Brothers looks back to the early days of talking pictures. Dwight Weist narrates film clips from five movies: "Sinner's Holiday," introducing James Cagney with a glimpse of Joan Blondell, "20,000 Years in Sing Sing," with a young Spencer Tracy and a younger Bette Davis, "Five Star Final," with Edward G. Robinson and a cameo from Boris Karloff, "Night Nurse," starring Barbara Stanwyck with a small role for Clark Gable, and "Svengali," with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh. Each movie is summarized and each star celebrated for work early in the history of sound cinema. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: The heart of Svengali, only mortal after all, gives out. And as he dies, the voice of Trilby is still forever in this poignant moment from the days when the Talkies were young.
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Ben Bolt (Oh Don't You Remember)
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Music by Nelson Kneass
Lyrics by Thomas Dunn English from his poem
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Clip from Svengali (1931)
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When the Talkies Were Young got me interested in seeking these early Warner Bros. talkie features
3 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

This Robert Youngston documentary about the early Warner Nros. talkie features was the last thing I watched on The Jazz Singer DVD set. There's James Cagney in his debut in Sinners' Holiday with Joan Blondell, 20,000 Years in Sing Sing with Spencer Tracey and Bette Davis, Night Nurse (which was the only of the movies being clipped here that I actually saw the entirety of) with Barbara Stanwyck and Clark Gable, Five Star Final with Edward G. Robinson and Boris Karloff, and Svengali with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh. The last one showcased in particular had some very interesting wide shots that took my breath away even though the houses displayed were obviously models. All those clips whet my appetite to seek those out. If that was Mr. Youngston's goal, he certainly succeeded!


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