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The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Melody(1929)

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  • The number "Wedding of the Painted Doll" was filmed in two-strip Technicolor, but survived only in black and white. The original choreography was rejected and had to be filmed again. Rather than have a live orchestra perform the music again, the new choreography was filmed during a playback of the music, making this to be the first film sequence filmed during a playback of pre-recorded music.
  • One of the very first Hollywood musicals (possibly the first after Jazz Singer, The (1927)). Also the first musical to spawn "sequels" (Broadway Melody films would appear every few years until 1940).

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