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Roaring Twenties: Movies - Silent & 'Talkies'

Did You Know . . .

1925 - Charlie Chaplin performed as the "Little Tramp" in the classic comedy film The Gold Rush.

1927 - The Jazz Singer - the first "talkie" movie - was released in New York and played to sold-out houses on Oct. 6, 1927.

1928 - Kodak produced the first color motion picture film.

1929 - 1st Academy Awards was held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929.

1929 - Band leader Duke Ellington whose band created the Black and Tan Fantasy actually appears with his orchestra in his first movie short,  Black and Tan.

1929 - The Mark Brothers played in their first sound movie The Cocoanuts where Groucho Marx plays a hotel owner who is desperately trying to get rid of land during the Florida real estate land boom.

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in 'The Kid', 1920.
Charlie Chaplin And Jackie Coogan In 'The Kid', 1920 . Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 13 Dec 2011.

'Chicago' - 1927 Version

American actress Phyllis Haver (1899-1960) plays imprisoned murderess Roxie Hart in the film 'Chicago', directed by Frank Urson. 1927.
Chicago. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 20 Dec 2011.

Jazz Singer

JAZZ SINGER, THE - Film director: CROSLAND, ALAN - Year: 1927 JAZZ SINGER, THE (1927). Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 22 Dec 2011.

Marx Brothers

Mark Brothers' first film 'The Cocoanuts' in 1929
COCOANUTS, THE (1929). Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 2 Jan 2012.