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Making a sound film

by Kate Fortmueller

This well-known sequence from Singin' in the Rain presents a humorous take on the challenges of making sound films. This scene demonstrates the difficulties of omni-directional microphones, which ultimately produced a boring scene. While this demonstrates the cons of sound films it does not reflect many of the innovative uses of sound in this transition period - see clips from M (1931) and Blackmail (1929) for examples of sound during this period.

Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Filming sound

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This sequence fictionalizes the challenges of making a sound film.

from Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Creator: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller