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The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007)

Video | 85 min | Documentary

The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early failed attempts by scientists and inventors, to the...See moreThe nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early failed attempts by scientists and inventors, to the joined forces of Western Electric and Warner Bros. who, with their Vitaphone process,revolutionized the entertainment industry, perhaps more than any time before or since. Written by Anonymous See less
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Mark Hunt
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Ron Hutchinson
Himself - The Vitaphone Project Himself - The Vitaphone Project   See fewer
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Scott Eyman
Himself - Author 'The Speed of Sound' Himself - Author 'The Speed of Sound'   See fewer
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Rudy Behlmer
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Jack Stanley
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Robert Gitt
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Emily Thompson
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Jonathan Kuntz
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Jack Warner Jr.
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A.C. Lyles
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Ben Burtt
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Leonard Maltin
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Eileen McHugh
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Vince Giordano
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Thelma White
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Rose Marie
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Dane A. Davis
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Sanford Green
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8 / 10 | 104 votes