A Pictorial History of the Movies

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5. The Talking Picture
By 1929 Hollywood had begun to recover from its first panic and was grinding out sound films as fast as they could be shot. Most of them were pretty bad. The public, still fascinated by the fact that they talked at all, was not yet very critical of what they said. There were, however, good ones. Mary Pickford, for example, chose wisely in selecting the title role of Helen Hayes' stage success, Coquette, as her first speaking part. She roved that her early training with Belasco had not been wasted. She was a good actress, not just a good movie actress. John Mack Brown, shown here, played opposite her.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - Birth and Infancy 1
  • 2 - Griffith Turns a Page 45
  • 3 - The Twenties 97
  • 4 - Comes the Revolution 201
  • 5 - The Talking Picture 213
  • Appendix - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards 339
  • Index 341
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