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Cinema sound When The Jazz Singer -- Hollywood's first feature-length "talkie" -- debuted in 1927, audiences were blown away by the notion of synchronized sound and dialogue at the movies. The film soon launched an industry revolution and the end of the silent film era. But the Hollywood establishment was not impressed. Legend holds that Warner Bros. studio boss H.M. Warner dismissed The Jazz Singer with the infamous quote, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”

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