The First Movie with Sound

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.

While The Jazz Singer still featured intertitles, this is a part of the movie which features synchronized audio to visuals.

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