Were There Any Silent Films Produced After 'Talkies' Were Invented?


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Although many film historians and movies like to portray the transition between silent movies to talkies as some sort of sudden overnight upheaval, the truth is that the switch between the two was actually rather slow.

The transition period often saw movies released in both silent and sound version.

Having said this, the following films were all specifically silent movies released following the advent of talkies:

  • People on Sunday (1930)
  • Earth (1930)
  • Tabu (1931)
  • I Was Born, But... (1932)
  • A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
  • The Goddess (1934)
  • Modern Times (1936)
Silent films to talkies
The release of The Jazz Singer in October 1927 is often seen as a landmark in film history. It marks the gradual decline of silent movies, and the stellar rise of the new talkies.

The reason that the shift between silent movies and talkies was so gradual can be attributed to two things:

  • Cost-effective technology for making talkies wasn't originally available
  • Many theaters took a long time to install new technology enabling them to show talkies
Once talkies started gaining popularity, it was common for studios to release both a silent and a talkie version. This ensured that movies could be seen at all theaters.

The end of the silent film

In August of 1928, Warner-Brothers announced that all its films produced for the 1928-1929 fiscal year would have sound. The same announcement was made by United Artists in November of that same year.

In February of 1929, Twentieth Century Fox announced that it would no longer be producing silent films. By 1929 only very few silent films were being produced.

The very last Hollywood-produced silent film, Dance of the Virgins, was released in 1935. It was filmed in Bali with an all-native cast.

Due to concerns about female nudity, Dance of the Virgins did not make it to the shores of America and could only be seen abroad.

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