NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 06, 1977
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(Studio) 50 years ago today 1st talking movie was released, starring Al Jolson; he sang "Mammy." This was end of silent actors and movies.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Hollywood, California) (Audio tape of part of 1st talkie played.) [JOLSON - tells audience they've heard nothing yet.] (Scenes from movie shown, with Jolson singing "Mammy.") "The Jazz Singer" wasn't lst sound heard on screen; experiments had begun before 1900. Process used then was same used when Warner Brothers produced "The Jazz Singer"; movie historians agree it was Jolson's personality that made movie great success it was. Co-starring in movie with Jolson was May McAvoy. [McAVOY - thinks transition to pictures for Jolson was difficult since "Singer" was his 1st film; says he was greatest.] Commemorations of anniversary by Hollywood and Postal Service noted.
REPORTER: Jim Brown
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