New Pictures: Oct. 18, 1926

Vitaphone and The Better 'Ole (Syd Chaplin). While Al Jolson mouths "Mammy, Mammy" on the screen, the audience hears Al Jolson throat "Mammy, Mammy" out of what sounds like a loud radio. It is the Vitaphone, now well on its way to fame as purveyor of "canned" music to theatres too small to afford orchestras. After the same slightly harsh, but perfectly synchronized reproduction of Reinald Werrenrath, Elsie Janis, and The Howards, Syd Chaplin proceeds to ramble through a long string of war comics in a film, The Better 'Ole, based on Cartoonist...

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