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Seeking copy of Hollywood Revuew of 1929

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The first talking film seen by many people was actually 1928's "The Singing Fool" starring Al Jolson. It was about 75% talking and 25% silent. It was the success of this film that convinced the other studios that sound was here for good and that they should convert from silent to sound films.

 

Some clips:

Al, the singing waiter, loves snobby Molly. Al in turn is loved by the nightclub's cigarette girl.

[Al is discovered - part 1|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6qQi_zmkEk]

[Al is discovered - part 2|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaE_j-Sir6A]

Molly warms up to Al after he is discovered. He foolishly marries her.

 

Al then becomes a big success. The light of his life is his little son - Sonny Boy.

[Al hits the big time.|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siLbPDTRcZ8]

 

Tragedy strikes and Al hits bottom. He makes a comeback at the end though.

[Finale number - short version best audio|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2cYWxLQW9Y&NR]

[Finale number - longer but worse audio|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9af1gI5doRo]

 

Yes the story is plot #6, but it has some great examples of Jolson at his peak. Why doesn't WHV release this one?? My VHS copy is wearing thin.

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Finally, some clips from some short films of the late 20's.

 

Ginger Rogers as a brunette:

[A Night in a Dormitory|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C96KI1cq034]

 

Eddie Cantor hosts and gives a rooftop performance:

[A Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic Part 1|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n-jVdaISZ4]

[A Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic Part 2|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emW9Ae7XEnw]

 

Jack Benny emcees a short about MGM's stable of songwriters as it existed in 1929:

[The Song Writer's Revue Part 1|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEPqTt3tKEQ]

[The Song Writer's Revue Part 2|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzdK3CCrao]

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Great stuff. Thanx. It's funny watching a not so refined, and very 1920's-ish Ginger Rogers. For better or worse, I mostly associate her with 30's, Astaire, and then after. Here she is a vintage 20's pixie, and young at that.

Thanx.

The other stuff was great too, but I really cued in on Ginger.

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Thelma,

 

Try this version of THE CHARLESTON by Louis Katzman. It is the earliest recording of the tune from 1923, And very different than the Aurther Gibbs, Isham Jones, and Paul Whitman versions. Personally, this is my favorite! The Charleston orginated on the Broadway stage in RUNNIN' WIILD along with CHICAGO which we heard in your video.

 

 

A good friend of mine really cleaned up the sound on this recording, but alas I have no way of posting the repaired version here. Only the link to the youtube video. You have the same music sheet, but the Whiteman version of the song.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjWqea_nays

 

I'll look for a good link for THE BLACK BOTTOM too. The song featured on the link you posted, is not THE BLACK BOTTOM? I don't know what it is?

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Hey Everyone. . .

Just wanted to Thank all you Special People for Posting these Wonderful

"Youtube" presentations. Its so Enriching to see these Music Sheets

come to 'Life'. My Room has been enveloped in all these Beautiful

Music from yesteryear. And it was surprising to see Ginger Rogers @

that age. I would never have thought it was her. I only wish that the

Youtube with Chavalier & Claudette Colbert would have lasted just a

few minutes longer, just to hear her talk @ her young age, but it was

still a Great piece. . .

 

Hats off to Calvinnme, Gagman66 and Thelma and anyone else, if I failed

to mention, for Searching & Researching All these Precious Gems !!!!!

Ugaarte

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Thelma,

 

You and everyone else is doing a wonderful job of posting various clips, photos and other ephemera. I would like to recommend that this material get backed up and saved to disc if possible.

 

I am thinking worst case scenario here, what if something were to happen to this board and TCM disbanded it? All the material you have all so graciously posted would once again be lost to time.

 

What if the TCM servers were to take a hit? They are computers after all and not totally immune to power hits, black-outs, acts of God and other assaults. We have seen that happen here before where whole threads were lost. I would hate for that to happen here but it is a possibility.

 

At least by saving it to the disc (even if it is only the links), you could rebuild the thread or start your own website with the rebuilt links should that need ever arise.

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