A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts
About the Book
The headline of the Variety extra on October 27, 1926, proclaimed “Vitaphone1 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 that have been so carefully restored, preserve much of the show business history that might otherwise have been lost with the industry’s fast-paced advances 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 (1926–1940) are listed first, followed by the West Coast productions (1927–1970). 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 includes only those who appeared in shorts, listing dates and places of birth when known.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: 163 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010 
Table of Contents
I. The Films 11
Sequence 1–2100 11
Sequence B1–B275 158
Sequence 2101–9999 172
Sequence 1A–3485A 267
II. The Performers 345
Appendix One: Vitaphone Films with Other Numbering Sequences 393
Appendix Two: Films with Unknown or No Assigned Vitaphone Release Numbers 394
Appendix Three: Text of the Standard Vitaphone Talent Agreement 396
Appendix Four: A Brief History of Vitaphone 397
Name Index 401
Title Index 421
Book Reviews & Awards
“a comprehensive list”—Classic Images; “useful”—ARBA; “This is a book I herald as one the most important film catalogs available today….thoroughly concise, accurate, totally absorbing…justifiably the best book on the subject so far…major contribution to film history…should be obtained by every film historian, writer, and aficionado of the Golden Age of Hollywood and Vaudeville”—The Film Biographer.