90th Anniversary of Vitaphone - 12/5
TCM celebrates the 90th anniversary of Vitaphone with a 24-hour tribute offering a generous sampling of its output including the silent feature Don Juan (1926), which was introduced on August 6, 1926, with a symphonic musical score and sound effects. Another landmark Vitaphone production was the legendary The Jazz Singer (1927), the first full-length movie with synchronized dialogue.
Some 20 of the Vitaphone shorts are new to TCM. These shorts were often employed to capture musical and vaudeville acts, and serve as a training ground for future stars. Among the latter were Bob Hope (Paree, Paree, 1934), James Stewart (Art Trouble, 1934), June Allyson (The All-Girl Revue, 1940) and Red Skelton (Seeing Red, 1939). Shorts featuring "Vitaphone Bands" include Johnny Green and His Orchestra (1935), Harry Reser and His Eskimos (1936) and Cab Calloway and His Orchestra (1937). Vaudeville routines captured on film include Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields (1927), George Burns and Gracie Allen in Lambchops (1929) and Baby Rose Marie, the Child Wonder (1929).