Record #191

Date:
21/05/1924
Record Type:
Memo
From/By:
O'Neill
To:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Reel:
Reel 1
Frame Start:
1-2232
Legacy ID:
191
Legacy Year:
1924
Legacy Index:
Inventions

An early demonstration of synchronous sound.Demonstration of the Phonofilm, in which synchronous music accompanies the flow of images. Invented by Dr Lee De Forest, and demonstrated at the Rivoli Theatre in cooperation with Famous Players-Lasky (FPL). The screening involved the showing of the first two reels of The Covered Wagon, to which Hugo Reisenfeld's score had been added. "This means that when the device is made a little better (though it is fairly satisfactory now) the smallest motion picture house in the country, now equipped with only a piano or a little organ, can present pictures with full orchestral effects -- and with the appropriate and exactly-timed accompaniment. It is not intended, of course, that the PHONOFILM shall replace orchestras in the larger theatres; but in the smaller places it will immeasurably enhance the charm of the entertainment offered."

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