Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

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Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

Unread post by Phillyrich » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:02 pm

Does anyone have any favorite early talkie films about the making of talking pictures?

For, example. "Show Girl In Hollywood," with Alice White.
Some really neat shots.

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Re: Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

Unread post by Mbakkel2 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:43 am

Yes, "The Death Kiss" from 1932, where the stars of "Dracula", Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan and David Manners appeared together.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:01 am

One of my faves is Once in a Lifetime (1932), a comedy based on a Kaufman & Hart play with Jack Oakie and Aline MacMahon as ex-vaudevillians who decide they can make better money giving elocution lessons to hopefuls wanting to make it in the talkies.

Notable for an opening credit attributed to Carl Laemmle that essentially asks the audience (and the industry) to excuse Universal Pictures for choosing a script that "so mercilessly and so hilariously poked fun at Hollywood and its motion picture people." The note ends with a shrug saying that laughter is desperately needed "in times like these."
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:57 pm

Though heavily slagged off by some, THE TALK OF HOLLYWOOD (1929) is an interesting entry...

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Re: Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

Unread post by Brooksie » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:10 pm

The Studio Murder Mystery (1929) is quite fun, although the only talkie you see being made is a short, while the other appears to be a silent!

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Unread post by bradleyem » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:23 pm

I would highly recommend vaudeville comedian Georgie Price's 1929 Vitaphone short DON'T GET NERVOUS. The premise is that Price is making a talkie in front of actual Vita director Bryan Foy and his crew ... and struggling to get the job done. In-jokes abound is this short, filmed in New York before Vitaphone production moved entirely to the West Coast.

DON'T GET NERVOUS is on Volume 3 of the Warner Archives "Vitaphone Varieties" DVD series.

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Re: Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

Unread post by MoviecollectorOH » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:40 pm

Great thread. :D

A few pictures from Anna Christie (my apologies if these are yours - I forget where they came from):

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