CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 06, 1978
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(Studio) Anniversary of advent of talking movies noted. Contention by some that this was blow from which film industry never recovered stated.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Hollywood, California) Background on sound in motion pictures given; 1902 French film, film of George Bernard Shaw, scene from Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer" and other films shown. "The Jazz Singer" noted as only partially talking picture; 1st all-talking picture reported to be "The Lights of New York", which opened at the Strand Theater in Manhattan. Scene from "Lights" shown. [Silent movie theater owner John HAMPTON - was one of those who thought talking pictures would die out. Contrasts entertainment value of silent to talking movies.] Hampton and wife's operation of The Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood detailed. Scenes from Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" shown. [HAMPTON - still thinks silent films were superior art form.] Declining audiences for silent films noted; scenes from other films shown. [HAMPTON - compares silent movie fate to painting's being forgotten when photography was developed.] Mack Sennet's bathing beauties mentioned.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
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