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The Radio Franks
B&W : Short film
Directed by (unknown)
Cast: Frank Bessinger, Frank Wright
De Forest Phonofilm, Incorporated, production; distributed by De Forest Phonofilm, Incorporated. / Phonofilm 35mm spherical format. Phonofilm sound-on-film sound system. / Full-sound film.
Reviews: [Mordaunt Hall in The New York Times, 18 May 1926, page 28, column 2] A Phonofilm of the ‘Radio Franks’ is well synchronized with the action, and unusually distinct. The voices, however, sound as if the performers were singing through papier-máché masks. It is, nevertheless, quite an improvement over other subjects of this type.
Survival status: Print exists in the National Film and Sound Archive film archive.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Early sound film - Synchronized sound film
Listing updated: 26 December 2010.
References: Abramson-NYTimes-1 p. 312 : with additional information provided by Tom Mayer.