Vitaphone Films: A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts
The headline of theVarietyextra on October 27, 1926, proclaimed "Vitaphone Thrills L. A.!" Vitaphone, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. formed in association with Western Electric, was one of the major producers of talkies, even though its sound-on-disc technology barely lasted four years. The Vitaphone features and shorts that have survived intact, or have been carefully restored, preserve much of show business history that might have been lost with the advancements in movie making. This book is a catalogue of Vitaphone features and shorts. The first section lists the features and shorts by release number. The New York productions (1926ndash;1940) are listed first, followed by the West Coast productions (1927ndash;1970). For shorts, the following particulars, if known and if applicable, are given: title, alternate title(s), instrumental and vocal selections performed on screen, composer(s) and performers of instrumental and vocal selections, release date and synopsis of the film, names of major cast members and directors, set information if two or fewer sets were used, and the amount paid to early performers. For features, entries list release dates, genre, and major cast members. The section on performers include only those who appeared in shorts, listing dates and places of birth if known.
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