Vitaphone technology was an early method of syncing recorded sound to film via 16” shellac discs. Film critics were astounded that vocal and musical reproductions could sound so “natural.” Of course, the silent cinema was never truly silent, as at the very least live musical accompaniment was featured with every performance. However, the idea of synchronized sound, with both the image and the voice seemingly originating from the same human form, had long captured the imagination of movie audiences and producers alike. From 1926 to 1931, Warner Bros. produced over 1000 Vitaphone shorts. Since its inception, the UCLA Film & Television Archive has been committed to preserving as many of these as possible as they represent a significant achievement in the development of sound film. – UCLA
THE RANGERS in “After the Round-Up” (Vitaphone #2900, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 8 min.
MITCHELL LEWIS in “The Death Ship” (Vitaphone #2234, 1927) Cast: Mitchell Lewis, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Page. 35mm, b/w, 9 min.
GLADYS BROCKWELL in “Hollywood Bound” (Vitaphone #2235, 1928) Scr: Hugh Herbert, Murray Roth. Cast: Gladys Brockwell, Neely Edwards, James Bradbury. 35mm, b/w, 9 min.
VAL HARRIS with ANN HOWE in “The Wild Westerner” (Vitaphone #2759, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 8 min.
JACK WALDRON in “A Breath of Broadway” (Vitaphone #2691, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 8 min.
FLORENCE BRADY in “A Cycle of Songs” (Vitaphone #2699, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 8 min.
VAL & ERNIE STANTON in “Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake” (Vitaphone #2586, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 8 min.
EDDIE WHITE in “I Thank You” (Vitaphone #2689, 1928) 35mm, b/w, 9 min.
ROBERT EMMETT KEANE in “Gossip” (Vitaphone #2849-2850, 1928) Cast: Robert Emmett Keane, John Miljan, Claire Whitney. 35mm, b/w, 21 min.
JOE FRISCO in “The Song Plugger (Vitaphone #1019-1020, 1930) Cast: Joe Frisco, Leo Donnelly, Sid Garry. 35mm, b/w, 15 min.