Thursday, October 6, 2016

First Movie with Synchronized Dialogue is Released

First movie with synchronized dialogue was released on October 6, 1927.
October 6, 1927
The first featured-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue was The Jazz Singer which was released on this day in 1927 which lead to the decline of silent films. Directed by Alan Crosland and recorded with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie starred Al Jolson. The film was based on the play, The Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson. The story is about Jackie, a young Jewish man who is thrown out of his home by his father for singing in local beer garden which went against his heritage and family’s wishes. To hide the fact that he was Jewish, Jackie decides to go blackface and hides his ancient with a southern one. While this movie was a large hit, the 1980 remake (sans blackface) that starred Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz, and Laurence Olivier was a huge flop. However, like Xanadu, the soundtrack album did very well.