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The Toy Shop (1928)





Cast overview:
Josef Swickard ... The toymaker (as Joseph Swickard)
Virginia Marshall Virginia Marshall


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Drama | Short







Release Date:

23 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Colorart Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score)


Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Played at the end of the film
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In context, this is an amazing short
8 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I will admit to many modern audiences, this isn't the most exciting or wonderful short. But, given the context for the picture, it's absolutely amazing and of extreme historical importance. Although it came out in 1928, this short was unusual for two reasons. First, it was filmed in two-color Technicolor--an expensive and rare thing that the audiences usually didn't get to see. While two-color Technicolor appears VERY crude by today's standards (having tones of orange-red and blue-green instead of true color), when it debuted just a short time earlier in THE BLACK PIRATE (starring Douglas Fairbanks), it was quite a sensation. Second, the film has a recorded score on an accompanying phonograph--complete with sound effects. This style of sound had a very brief life starting with DON JUAN in 1926 and was eventually replaced with sound along with the actual voices of the actors.

So because of the film's historical importance and extremely high production values for its time, it should not be dismissed lightly. Despite being a little too sentimental and old fashioned, it still is a wonderful film worth seeing today. And, if you don't care about the early sound or color, consider seeing it for the unusual and creative sets used during the dream sequence--the live actors appear to be acting in front of a cartoon set.

This short film is available as an added extra on the incredibly packed DVD for THE GARDEN OF EDEN--a wonderful silent comedy romance. Considering all you get, it's a real bargain.

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