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Was 1929's The Jazz Singer ...

Question: Was 1929's The Jazz Singer really the first movie with sound? Answer: "First" is always a dangerous word: It needs a lot of qualifiers. By consensus, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length "talkie," though only about a quarter of the film had dialogue or musical sequences that were integral to the plot (as opposed to a musical score that accompanies the action). It was not the first feature film with synchronized sound; that's generally acknowledged to have been the John Barrymore picture Don Juan (1926), which had both a synchronized score and sound effects, but no dialogue. And The Jazz Singer certainly wasn't the first film with dialogue throughout — that credit generally goes to the gangster movie Lights of read more

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Go Into Your Dance
Thom Yorke dances with Al Jolson
Ben Prestage: No Overdubs

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2008 Day at Santa Anita TV Show Series, Appearing
2003 The Great American Songbook TV Show Series, Performer
1990 Jacob's Ladder Movie, Music/Lyrics Composer
1945 Rhapsody In Blue Movie, Actor - Their Self
1939 Hollywood Cavalcade Movie, Actor

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