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Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween: pre-code edition

Pre-code Bookshelf #3

The Speed of Sound
Hollywood and the Talkie
Revolution, 1926-1930
Scott Eyman review: Nowadays the "talkie" seems, like some other technological breakthroughs, to have obliterated its less-advanced predecessor, the silent movie, in one fell swoop. The reality, of course, is more complex. As Scott Eyman writes in his prologue to The Speed of Sound, "To examine this period of unparalleled industrial change, it is necessary to reverse the perspective, to give a fair, detailed idea of what silents were like to the people who made and watched them, and how talkies permanently changed the creative and personal equations." Eyman's eye-opening book fulfills this mission. He focuses on just five years--1926 through 1930--but tells the story on many levels. We learn about the technology, the details of actors' and technicians' lives, the elaborate business machinations associated with the rise of sound, and the resulting transformation of not just the movies but Hollywood itself. The Speed of Sound fills a gap in any film buff's library.............My review; I liked it...alot.

The Dawn of Sound #1

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Lobby Cards #4: Play Girl

Most Wanted List #2: Prive Jones

Title Card for Private Jones.
If anyone has a copy of this film please email me.

Vinyl: Stars of the Silver Screen 1929-1932

He's a Good Man to Have Around-Sophie Tucker
My Mother's Eyes-George Jessel
Ramona-Dolores Del Rio
Where is the Song of Songs for Me?-Lupe Velez
Broadway Melody-Charles King
Love-Gloria Swanson
Louise-Maurice Chevalier
He's So Unusual-Helen Kane
Your Always In My Arms-Bebe Daniels
What Wouldn't I Do For That Man-Helen Morgan
Dream Lover-Jeanette MacDonald
I'm Following You-The Duncan Sisters
Cooking Breakfast For The One I love-Fanny Brice
Nichavo! -Dennis King
It Happened In Monterey-John Boles
Mr. and Mrs. Sippi-Everett Marshall

Friday, October 14, 2005

Kay Francis Magazine Cover #2

September 3rd,1932 Film Pictorial cover.

Peggy Shannon

Read more about the career and tragic life of Peggy Shannon.

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Canary Murder Case

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Classic pre-code #1

Doctor X

Lee Tracy in the 2-strip Technicolor Doctor X 1932