Transitional sound films

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  1. 4 Devils

    4 Devils (1928)


    4 Devils (also known as Four Devils) is a lost 1928 American silent drama film directed by German film director F. W. Murnau and starring Janet Gaynor.

  2. A Lady of Chance

    A Lady of Chance (1928)


    A Lady of Chance is a 1928 silent film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The film is based upon the story "Little Angel" by Leroy Scott and is Norma Shearer's last silent film. Although the film was released with added dialogue scenes, Shearer can't be heard.

  3. A Woman in the Night

    A Woman in the Night (1928)

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    Tesha is a 1928 British drama film directed by Victor Saville and Edwin Greenwood and starring María Corda, Jameson Thomas and Paul Cavanagh. A man's wife has an affair with his best friend and becomes pregnant. The film was originally shot as a silent film but in 1929 sound was added.

  4. Abie's Irish Rose

    Abie's Irish Rose (1928)


    Abie's Irish Rose is a 1928 early talking (part-talkie) film directed by Victor Fleming, based on the play Abie's Irish Rose by Anne Nichols.

  5. Atlantic

    Atlantic (1929)


    Atlantic (1929) is a British black-and-white film, directed and produced by Ewald André Dupont and starring Franklin Dyall and Madeleine Carroll. Originally, two versions were made, the English and German-language version Atlantik were shot simultaneously. Subsequently the production of a French version (Atlantis) began in spring 1930 using different footage and partially an altered storyline. The fourth version was released as a silent film.

  6. Atlantik

    Atlantik (1929)


    Atlantik is a 1929 British German-language drama film directed by Ewald André Dupont and starring Fritz Kortner, Elsa Wagner and Heinrich Schroth. The film is a German-language version of the 1929 film Atlantic made at Elstree Studios by British International Pictures. Following the introduction of sound films, leading film companies attempted to cater to different markets by producing Multi language versions of their films. Atlantic was released in four versions: English, French, German and Silent. The film was the first full-talking film to be released in Germany, where it was a major hit. It is based on the play The Berg by Ernest Raymond which was based on the Titanic disaster.

  7. Betrayal

    Betrayal (1929)


    Betrayal was a 1929 drama film produced for Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the last silent film directed by Lewis Milestone, the last silent performance by Gary Cooper, the last silent performance by Germany's Emil Jannings, and the only onscreen pairing of Cooper and Jannings. It is considered a lost film.

  8. Blackmail

    Blackmail (1929)


    Blackmail is a 1929 British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard. Based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, the film is about a London woman who is blackmailed after killing a man who tries to rape her.

  9. Bride 68

    Bride 68 (1929)

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    Land Without Women (German: Das Land ohne Frauen) is a 1929 German drama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Conrad Veidt, Elga Brink and Clifford McLaglen. It was based on the novel Die Braut Nr. 68 by Peter Bolt. The film is set amongst a community of gold diggers in Western Australia. It was made by the small independent production company Felsom Film as a Part-talkie film, the first German-speaking sound film to be released. It was followed a month later by the first all-taking film Atlantik which had been made in Britain.

  10. Broadway

    Broadway (1929)


  11. Cat, Dog & Co.

    Cat, Dog & Co. (1929)


    Cat, Dog & Co. is a 1929 Our Gang short silent comedy film directed by Robert A. McGowan under the pseudonym "Anthony Mack".

  12. Chinatown Nights

    Chinatown Nights (1929)


    Chinatown Nights, also known as Tong War, is a 1929 film starring Wallace Beery and begun as a silent film then finished as an all-talking sound one via dubbing. Directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures, Chinatown Nights also stars Florence Vidor, wife of legendary director King Vidor, who did not dub her own voice and quit the movie business immediately afterward, preferring not to work in sound films; her voice in Chinatown Nights was supplied by actress Nella Walker. The supporting cast includes Warner Oland as a Chinese gangster and Jack Oakie as a stuttering reporter. The movie was based upon the story "Tong War" by Samuel Ornitz.

  13. Die Nacht gehört uns

    Die Nacht gehört uns (1929)

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    The Night Belongs to Us (German:Die Nacht gehört uns), released in English as The Night Is Ours or The Night Belongs to Us, is a 1929 German sports romance film directed by Carl Froelich and Henry Roussel, and starring Hans Albers, Charlotte Ander, and Otto Wallburg.

  14. Don Juan

    Don Juan (1926)


    Don Juan is a 1926 American romantic adventure/drama film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack, though it has no spoken dialogue. The film is inspired Lord Byron's 1821 epic poem of the same name. The screenplay was written by Bess Meredyth with intertitles by Maude Fulton and Walter Anthony.

  15. Dream Street

    Dream Street (1921)


    Dream Street is a 1921 American silent romantic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, and starring Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, and Ralph Graves in a story about a love triangle set in London, and based on two short stories by Thomas Burke, "Gina of Chinatown" and "Song of the Lamp". The cast also features Tyrone Power, Sr..

  16. Dynamite

    Dynamite (1929)


    Dynamite is a 1929 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, and Julia Faye. Written by Jeanie MacPherson, John Howard Lawson, and Gladys Unger, the film is about a convicted murderer scheduled to be executed, whom a socialite marries simply to satisfy a condition of her grandfather's will. Mitchell Leisen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

  17. Fancy Baggage

    Fancy Baggage (1929)


    Fancy Baggage (1929) is an early drama film released by Warner Brothers in both a silent version and a part-talkie version. The movie starred Audrey Ferris and Myrna Loy.

  18. Four Sons

    Four Sons (1928)


    Four Sons is a 1928 silent drama film directed and produced by John Ford and written for the screen by Philip Klein from a story by I. A. R. Wylie first published in the Saturday Evening Post as Grandmother Bernle Learns Her Letters (1926). It is one of only a handful of survivors out of the more than fifty silent films that Ford directed between 1917 and 1928. It starred Margaret Mann, James Hall, and Charles Morton. The film is also notable for the presence of the young John Wayne in an uncredited role as an Officer. Though "silent," it was released with a Movietone music and sound effects track.

  19. Glorious Betsy

    Glorious Betsy (1928)


    Glorious Betsy is a 1928 silent film with talking sequences. It is based on a play of the same name by Rida Johnson Young and starring Dolores Costello. It was produced by Warner Brothers and was nominated for (but did not win) an Academy Award for Best Writing, Adaptation in 1929. The film was directed by Alan Crosland with cinematography by Hal Mohr. A mute print of this film, minus its Vitaphone tracks, survives in the Library of Congress, and while their copy of this film is missing some of the sound reels, it is unknown whether other copies of the sound have been preserved elsewhere.

  20. Hardboiled Rose

    Hardboiled Rose (1929)


    Hardboiled Rose (1929) is a 62-minute part-talkie released by Warner Bros. and starring Myrna Loy, William Collier, Jr. and John Miljan.

  21. Hearts in Exile

    Hearts in Exile (1929)


    Hearts in Exile (1929) is a talking romance film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers and directed by Michael Curtiz. It was also released in a silent version with music and effects. It starred Dolores Costello in a story based on the 1904 play by John Oxenham. A surviving 1915 film starring Clara Kimball Young was produced. Hearts in Exile was released in both silent and sound versions.

  22. Hot for Paris

    Hot for Paris (1929)


    Hot for Paris is a 1929 American black-and-white romantic adventure musical film. This film is believed to be lost. The film is also known as Fifì dimmi di sì in Italy and Un marido afortunado in Spain. The film length (metres) is 1710.84 m in the silent version and 2002.54 m (7 reels) in the sound version.

  23. House of Horror

    House of Horror (1929)


    House of Horror is a 1929 American comedy-horror mystery film directed by Benjamin Christensen. The film stars Louise Fazenda and Chester Conklin and was released in both a silent and sound version which featured a Vitaphone soundtrack with talking sequences, music and sound effects. Both the silent and sound version of House of Horror is now presumed lost.

  24. Interference

    Interference (1928)


    Interference is an early sound film drama released in 1928 and starring William Powell and Evelyn Brent. This was Paramount Pictures' first ever full talking movie. It was also simultaneously filmed as a silent. The film was based on the play Interference, a Play in Three Acts by Roland Pertwee and Howard Dearden. When a first husband turns out not to be dead, blackmail leads to murder.

  25. Lady of the Pavements

    Lady of the Pavements (1929)


    Lady of the Pavements (1929; UK title: Lady of the Night) is a silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lupe Vélez, William Boyd, and Jetta Goudal. Griffith reshot the film to include a couple of musical numbers, making it a part-talkie.

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