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When the Talkies Were Young

  • History
  • Drama
  • 1955
  • Robert Youngson
  • 20 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorDwight Weist
Maestro SvengaliJohn Barrymore
MyrtleJoan Blondell
Harry DeleonJames Cagney
Joe FinnLouis Calhern
Fay WilsonBette Davis
NickClark Gable
T. Vernon IsopodBoris Karloff
Trilby O'FarrellMarian Marsh
Joseph RandallEdward G. Robinson

Crew

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DirectorRobert Youngson
EditorAlbert Helmes

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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