The Jazz Singer - first talking picture

So, why do we still call them movies? "Let's go out to a talkie."

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The Jazz Singer - first talking picture - JOLSON OIVE TALKI He Substitutes For Actor Who...
JOLSON OIVE TALKI He Substitutes For Actor Who Demands More Salary By DAN THOMAS NEA Service Writer HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Talking pictures are a-recognized commodity. They are being made by, practically every studio in Hollywood and New York. - ; . . . ' ' Behind.their quick success there lies an interesting sidelight--a of two men, a motion,picture corporation and an intense hatred even yst smolders. The men are Al Jolson and Georgie Jessel and the studio is "Warner Brothers. ASKS $50,000 MORE Jessel had been signed to several films, among them "The Jazz Singer." Everything was lovely until Jessel decided that..S5p.OOO he was to receive for the production was not enough. 'He that he should receive an additional $50,000 for the talking and singing sequences. . Warner refused'to pay the second $30.000, so- he refused to the picture. Things looked black for Warner Brothers. Their financial condition was anything but best, and the public was slow responding to Vitaphone films.' i't was flgur.ed that "The Jazz would do a lot toward creating interest in talking films. However, there Is a silver Al Jolson was appearing on the stage in Los Angeles at that He had spurned offei-s from the largest companies in the business, but Warners approached Al with an offer of $200,000 to make Jazz Singer"--double what Jessel .had asked. GEORGIE GETS MAD Jolson's acceptance started-^an enmity between the- two men, had been close friends for years. Jessel thought that Al had something which belonged to hinx. "The- Jazz Singer" being his outstanding stage success.. Georgie has always thought that If Jolson had not taken the part he could have forced Warners to pay him the 5100,0-00. When Jolson started work Jessel was in production on another Both men were working on the same stage, so each had .his .set walled in so that the other not see him. The moment Jolson signed for "The Jazz Singer," Warners saw the silver lining to their cloud. When the film was released the silver lining turned to gold, as : by far the biggest money maker ot 1928. Also it hastened the efal production of talking pictures In all studios by at least six

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 28 Nov 1928, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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