Record #416

Date:
27/04/1928
Record Type:
Letter
From/By:
C. Grant Isaacs
To:
Frederick L. Herron, MPPDA (Foreign Department)
Reel:
Reel 4
Frame Start:
4-1952
Frame End:
4-1953
Legacy ID:
416
Legacy Year:
1928
Legacy Index:
Dawn
Comments:
Additional text in Transcription.

Isaacs is Assistant Trade Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Commerce in London. These are his reactions to the introduction of sound in motion pictures, mentioned in passing in a letter about the film Dawn.

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DAWN. 1928. Isaacs to Herron: Reactions to Movie Sound, 04-27-1928: "By the way, yesterday I went to a private exhibition of the movietone at the New Gallery Cinerama in Regent Street. As you know, the movietone rights are controlled by the Fox Company, but the patents are held by the Western Electric Company. I am not certain that I shall ever be seriously devoted to the speaking films, but at the same time I certainly enjoyed the program yesterday. It included among other interesting events, a speech by Mussolini; the opening of the New York to Paris trans-Atlantic telephone service; motor racing at Daytona Beach; songs by Beatrice Lillie and others. I understand that the movietone has been extraordinarily perfected during the past year, and it certainly can be said that the reproduction of voices is decidedly distinct and clear. It seems that the expansion of the cinema is towards the variety class, but I just wonder sometimes if that will not eventually lift this popular amusement beyond the reach of the masses which I am told have accounted to a considerable extent for the present popularity of films."

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