The Lights of New York

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The Lights of New York was the first all-talking feature film. It was released by Warner Brothers (who had introduced the first feature-length part-talkie The Jazz Singer in the previous year) and was directed by Bryan Foy. The film cost only $23,000 to produce, and grossed over $1,000,000. It was also the first film to define the crime genre. The enthusiasm with which audiences greeted the talkies was so great that by the end of 1929, Hollywood was producing sound films exclusively.

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  • Other than those few titles transferred by specific order of Jack Warner (The Jazz Singer, Lights of New York, etc.), Warner Bros. let the rest of their Vitaphone library languish. The studio collection of Vitaphone discs was fragmentary, partially because of pilfering; the sound discs for Glorious Betsy (1927) survived, except for the discs for the two talking sequences. Other gaps in the historical record were the result of basic vandalism: it's reported that rock musicians working on the scoring stage of the Burbank studio would serve pizzas on Vitaphone records and would occasionally use the shellac discs as Frisbees during session breaks.

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