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..to sound film, that is.
The first Vitaphone program premiered on Aug. 17, 1926.  It was Douglas
Fairbanks Sr. in Don  Juan (which had no talking, just syncronized sound
effects and a recorded score), preceded by shorts of performing artists of
the music world.
Bob Kosovsky
Graduate Center -- Ph.D. Program in Music(student)/ City University of New York
New York Public Library -- Music Division
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