“The Jazz Singer”, First of the Talkies

The first movie to be classed as a “Talkie” was Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, which used Vitaphone tech to record the sound. The scenes depicting Jolson singing were recorded on the set, using creative methods to mask the loud camera equipment and work around the limited-range microphones.

Sources: Museum of Modern Art Learning, FilmSite, Time
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

Published by colloquialisthistory

Sarah is a historian with a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She mostly focuses on European and religious history, but also enjoys branching out to the rest of the world. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, with an end-goal of expanding digital archives (like this one!) to be as open-access and as widely available as possible.

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