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Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents

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Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents

Lost & Found Sound

Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents

Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Today in our continuing series, "Lost and Found Sound," we have two stories about the era of silent movies. Jay Allison, the curator of our Quest for Sound phone line introduces us to listener Bob Borgen, who has discovered tape of silent film star Buster Keaton at a party in 1962. The tape originally belonged to Keaton's wife. Keaton was a child star of Vaudeville with his family—on the tape Keaton sings songs and tells stories from those days. Our second story comes from our movie reviewer Bob Mondello, who pays tribute to the "silence" of early films. He remembers the time when movies were a purely visual medium—-the introduction of sound took away some of the grace of what was taken place on the screen—this was most true for the silent film comedy stars.

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