Celebrating the History of Motion Pictures from 1890 to 1960

When Did Sound First Appear in Movies?

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Well, actually you’ve asked a surprisingly complicated question. Sound didn’t just suddenly appear with the production of one film, and the line between the “silent–era” and the “sound–era” is blurry at best. As Donald Crafton points out in his book, “The Talkies”, sound did not arrive in Hollywood all at once like an express train. … Read more

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Welcome to The Picture Show Man, where we explore the history of motion pictures from 1890 through 1960! The history of motion pictures spans the entire 20th Century.  Its growth and development mirrors not only the scientific and technological advances of that turbulent century, but also society itself as our world was touched and changed … Read more

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