The First Movie with Sound
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The first movie featuring a synchronized recorded soundtrack or “talkie” was The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland. It features on several part lip-synchronized dialogue and that was groundbreaking. In fact “talkies” became a global phenomenon in the 1930s.
The Jazz Singer tells the story of a Jakie Rabinowitz who disobeys his Jewish father by playing and singing popular songs in bars and he is forced to run away from home. Years later, Jakie becomes a popular jazz singer with the name Jack Robin but he is still tormented by the demands of his family and heritage. Al Jolson plays the part of Jakie.