Talking Pictures (1988– )

The Coming of Sound 

In 1927 Al Jolson sang and spoke in The Jazz Singer and the sound era had officially arrived. Hollywood was in panic. How would the silent stars adapt to the new medium? Broadway actors ... See full summary »

Writer:

Barry Norman

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Norman ... Himself - Host
George Sidney ... Himself
Lew Ayres ... Himself
Samuel Marx Samuel Marx ... Himself
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself
Mae Clarke ... Herself
Ralph Bellamy ... Himself
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Esther Ralston ... Herself
Helen Hayes ... Herself
Hal Roach ... Himself
William H. Clothier ... Himself (as William Clothier)
Fritz Feld ... Himself
Joan Bennett ... Herself
Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... Himself
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In 1927 Al Jolson sang and spoke in The Jazz Singer and the sound era had officially arrived. Hollywood was in panic. How would the silent stars adapt to the new medium? Broadway actors moved west in droves. For a while the sound man was king. With the primitive sound equipment words dominated the action.

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25 January 1988 (UK) See more »

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