Cinema: The New Pictures Jul. 23, 1928

Lights of New York, first seven-reel all-talkie, is made by Vitaphone (Warner Brothers). It was undoubtedly put together in a hurry; but as an experiment, like the first hot-dog sandwich, it is a palpable hit. The story concerns a young man and a girl who left a small town to seek Manhattan fortune. The girl dances in a nightclub. The proprietor makes advances. The young man is forced into the bootlegging business, though he would rather be a barber. It ends, after several murders, with a philosophical detective advising the young couple to go back to the country. Members of the...