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  • All of that was amazing to watch, even now in 2009
  • Unfortunately, after showing a neat bit by actually displaying Clark Gable's voice on screen, the bulk of this short is spent as a showcase for upcoming movies

    • by Orrymain
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      You never know what you are going to get when you watch a classic film short. The purposes behind these productions, which last anywhere from just a few minutes to a half-hour or so, is varied. The one I watched this evening is from 1940 and is entitled, The Miracle of Sound. I figured I was really going to learn something about sound from that era.

      First of all, this movie short gives a very short, condensed version of the story of


      sound, opening with sounds we hear every day, like crying babies and barking dogs. There was a brief mention of Thomas Edison, but then the narrator made it very clear that the subject here was the sound development of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.

      Actually, it was interesting to watch. They began by showing the filming of a scene from the movie, Bitter Sweet, with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. What was fascinating was seeing the old equipment which was so new and enchanting ...


      • back in 1940. The technicolor camera, for example, was huge.

        What I did love, though, was their showing how sound was captured, going from the microphone to the mixer panel which controlled the volume, then through the conduit to a tunnel from Stage 24 where the stars were performing to a sound recording building. From there, the sound went through a maze of wiring, reaching the recording room where the sounds were photographed onto the sound negative and then developed just like picture negatives.

        Then it was combined and voila, it’s action. All of that was amazing to watch, even now in 2009.

        Unfortunately, after showing a neat bit by actually displaying Clark Gable’s voice on screen, the bulk of this short is spent as a showcase for upcoming movies. That was very disappointing. I wanted to hear more about the sound story from that era, but instead, I got several minutes of promos.

        The Miracle of Sound was great for 5 minutes, before it turned into a commercial.




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