Sunday, March 4, 2012

Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies -- Sound arrives (1923 - 1929)

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In this post we'll have a look at early filming efforts between 1923 (when movies were silent) and 1929 (when movies were "talkies").  In Old Arizona (1929) was the first film with outdoor sound.

These early Chatsworth films are a veritable who's who list of Hollywood greats.

The Covered Wagon (1923) starring J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson and Alan Hale (Iverson Ranch) Famous Players-Lasky

Three Ages (1923) starring Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy and Wallace Beery (Iverson Ranch)  Buster Keaton Prod.

The Iron Horse (1924) starring George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy and Charles Edward Bull (Iverson Ranch) Fox Film Corp. - directed by John Ford

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) starring Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman and May McAvoy (Iverson Ranch) MGM

Flower of Night (1925) starring Pola Negri, Joseph J. Dowling and Youcca Troubetzkov (Chatsworth) Famous Players-Lasky

The Gold Rush (1925) starring Charles Chaplin (Iverson Ranch) United Artists
Spook Ranch (1925) starring Hoot Gibson (Chatsworth Trains) Universal
Camille (1926) starring Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland and Lilyan Tashman (Chatsworth) First National Pictures 

The Devil Horse (1926) starring Rex the Wonder Horse, Yakima Canutt and Gladys McConnell (Iverson Ranch) Hal Roach Studios

The Scarlet Letter (1926) starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson and Henry B. Walthall (Iverson Ranch) MGM

The Silver Treasure (1926) starring George O'Brien, Jack Rollens and Helena D'Algy (Iverson Ranch) Fox Film Corp.
The Stolen Ranch (1926) starring Fred Humes, Louise Lorraine and William Bailey (Iverson Ranch) Universal

Tell It To The Marines (1926) starring Lon Chaney, William Haines and Eleanor Boardman (Iverson Ranch) MGM
The Jazz Singer (1927) starring Al Jolson, May McAvoy and Warner Oland (Chatsworth) Warner Bros. - the first feature length "talkie"
The Gaucho (1927) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Lupe Velez, Joan Barclay (Iverson Ranch) Elton Corp.

The King of Kings (1927) starring H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming and Ernest Torrence (Iverson Ranch) DeMille Pictures Corp.
King of the Jungle (1927) starring Elmo Lincoln, Sally Long and Gordon Standing (Iverson Ranch) Hercules Film Prod.

Flying Elephants (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and James Finlayson (Iverson Ranch) Hal Roach

Noah's Ark (1928) starring Dolores Costello, George O'Brien and Noah Beery (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros. - the film was representative of the transition from silent movies to "talkies", some scenes are silent (in particular the biblical ones) while others have sound.

Under the Tonto Rim (1928) starring Richard Arlen (Iverson Ranch) Paramount
The Constabule (1929) starring Andy Clyde, Thelma Hill and Harry Gribbon (short 22 minutes) (Chatsworth) Mack Sennett Comedies

In Old Arizona (1929) starring Warner Baxter (Iverson Ranch) Fox - the first full-length talking film to be filmed outdoors.  
Morgan's Last Raid (1929) starring Tim McCoy (Iverson Ranch) MGM
The Taming of the Shrew (1929) starring Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Edwin Maxwell (Iverson Ranch) UA

The Virginian (1929) starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston and Richard Arlen (Iverson Ranch)  Paramount Pictures

Stay tuned… In my next tribute Celebrating 100 years of Chatsworth Movies we'll look at early 1930s serials.

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