The Jazz Singer 85 Years Later and the Origins of Film Sound

One of the original posters for

Let’s talk about sound films for a second. In 1927, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie was a sensation and is marked as the beginning of the shift from silent pictures to talkies. As others have said, however, the transition was not immediate and silent films were still produced, in one form or another, until the early 30s. Continue reading