Warner Brothers looks back to the early days of talking pictures. Dwight Weist narrates film clips from five movies: "Sinner's Holiday," introducing James Cagney with a glimpse of Joan Blondell, "20,000 Years in Sing Sing," with a young Spencer Tracy and a younger Bette Davis, "Five Star Final," with Edward G. Robinson and a cameo from Boris Karloff, "Night Nurse," starring Barbara Stanwyck with a small role for Clark Gable, and "Svengali," with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh. Each movie is summarized and each star celebrated for work early in the history of sound cinema.
Did You Know?
The heart of Svengali, only mortal after all, gives out. And as he dies, the voice of Trilby is still forever in this poignant moment from the days when the Talkies were young.
References The Jazz Singer
Ben Bolt (Oh Don't You Remember)
Music by Nelson Kneass
Lyrics by Thomas Dunn English
from his poem
Performed by Marian Marsh
Clip from Svengali (1931) See more