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Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film / Edition 2
     

Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film / Edition 2

by Richard Barrios
 

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ISBN-10: 0195377346

ISBN-13: 2900195377346

Pub. Date: 11/09/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Drawing on meticulous research, sharp wit, and Insightful analysis, Richard Barrios illuminates the origins of the movie musical in this extensively revised and updated edition of his highly acclaimed a song in the dark. From Warner Bros. and Jolson to the Oscar-winning Broadway Melody and beyond, here is the whole funny and peculiar History of these films, their

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Drawing on meticulous research, sharp wit, and Insightful analysis, Richard Barrios illuminates the origins of the movie musical in this extensively revised and updated edition of his highly acclaimed a song in the dark. From Warner Bros. and Jolson to the Oscar-winning Broadway Melody and beyond, here is the whole funny and peculiar History of these films, their creators, and their audiences. Ranging from the smash hits of The singing Fool and sunny side up to bizarre flop like Golden Dawn and Cecil B. DeMille's Madam satan they from a body of work unlike anything else in the history of popular entertainment. Here too are legendary performers directors, and composers from Fannie Brice, James Cagney, and Mae West, to Busby Berkeley George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein, and countless others. With many new rare photographs, some not published in nearly 80 years, this new edition traces the rise and fall, and rise again. Of this quintessential piece of the American experience.

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ISBN-13:
2900195377346
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Vitaphone Prelude 15

2 The Sound Barrier 43

3 "You Were Meant for Me" 59

4 On with the Show!p75

5 Finding a Voice 101

6 Dueling Mammies 139

7 Hollywood, Revued 157

8 Broadway Babies 183

9 "With All Its Original Stage Enchantment" 215

10 Just Imagine 237

11 The Cuckoos 253

12 Of Viennese Nights and Golden Dawns 269

13 Is It a Musical? 299

14 The March of Time 313

15 Voices in the Wilderness 331

16 "We're in the Money" 359

17 The Past as Prologue 395

Finale 419

Acknowledgments 425

Appendix I Notes on Lost Films 433

Appendix II A Selective Discography: The First Musicals on Record 437

Source Notes 453

Selected Bibliography 469

Index 475

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