The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926–1931


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About the Book

This study of early sound shorts begins with an explanation of the development of sound motion pictures in Hollywood by such influential companies as Warner Bros. and Fox, with an emphasis on short subjects, leading up to the first few months when all of the major studios were capable of producing them. The next chapters discuss the impact on other mass entertainments, the development of audible news reels and other non-fiction shorts, as well as the origins of animated sound subjects. A comprehensive list of pre–1932 American–made shorts completes the volume.

About the Author(s)

Edwin M. Bradley is the associate curator of film at the Flint (Michigan) Institute of Arts and an archivist for the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. This is his fourth book on early cinema history.

Bibliographic Details

Edwin M. Bradley
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 560
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2009 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4319-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0684-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

I. History of the Early Sound Short      9

Chapter 1. Beginnings      11

Chapter 2. A Fox and a Pair of Jolsons      25

Chapter 3. Voices Carry      37

Chapter 4. Keeping Up      50

Chapter 5. Giving ‘Em What They Want      74

Chapter 6. News of the World      83

Chapter 7. Make Room for Mickey      93

Chapter 8. More Stars Than There Are in Brooklyn      102

Chapter 9. The End of the Beginning      120

II. Sound Shorts Filmography      133

Guide to the Filmography      135

Columbia      137

De Forest      147

Disney      150

Educational      155

Fleischer      181

Fox      188

MGM      207

Paramount      230

Pathé/RKO Pathé      257

RKO Radio      301

Hal Roach/MGM      313

Tiffany      327

Universal      333

Warner Bros./Vitaphone      360

Other Companies      452

Chapter Notes      467

Bibliography      473

Name Index      477

Title Index      506

Book Reviews & Awards

“well-researched…well-organized…exhaustive…detailed…highly recommended”—Choice; “an impressive volume…. Bradley should be commended for his conscientiousness and attention to this little-known and neglected field of movie history”—Classic Images; “richly detailed…exhaustive filmography”—Big Reel; “this big one is a winner…detailed…essential for anyone seriously interested in those wonderful treats they showed before the big feature”—In the Groove Magazine; “valuable”—Leonard