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On this Day in Movie History, May 25, 1928: “Movietone News” Debuts

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On this day, May 25, 1927, the “Movietone News” was shown for the first time at the Sam Harris Theatre in New York City.

Charles Lindbergh’s epic take-off from Roosevelt Field for his historic solo flight aboard the “Spirit of St. Louis” across the Atlantic Ocean was featured.

Hearst Metrotone News initially leased the Case Research Lab patents from William Fox for its sound newsreels. Each of these studios used this system of recording sound film for news items because it was an easily transported single-system of sound-on-film recording.

The Fox Movietone News reels were produced for showing in theaters until 1963 in the United States, and from 1929 to 1979 in the United Kingdom, and 1929 to 1975 in Australia, when competition from TV news forced them into extinction.

1915 – Ginny Simms (singer, actress: That’s Right You’re Wrong [1939], Seven Days’ Leave [1942], Broadway Rhythm [1944], Disc Jockey [1951]; died Apr 4, 1994)

1925 – Jeanne Crain (actress: Pinky, State Fair, People Will Talk; died Dec 14, 2003)

1926 – Claude Akins (actor: The Caine Mutiny, From Here to Eternity, Rio Bravo, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Inherit the Wind, B.J. and the Bear, Austin City Limits; died Jan 27, 1994)

1939 – Dixie Carter (actress: Family Law, Designing Women, Diff’rent Strokes, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, Ladies Man; died Apr 10, 2010)

1943 – Leslie Uggams (singer: Sing Along with Mitch, The Leslie Uggams Show; actress: Skyjacked, Roots, Backstairs at the White House, All My Children)

1947 – Karen Valentine (actress: Room 222, Karen, The Love Boat, Children in the Crossfire)

1955 – Connie Sellecca (actress: Hotel, The Great American Hero, The Brotherhood of the Rose)

1971 – Justin Henry (actor: Andersonville, Sixteen Candles, Kramer vs. Kramer)


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