A look back at this day in film history
October 28
October 6, 1927
Jolson’s Jazz Singer breaks the movie sound barrier

It is not hyperbole to say that The Jazz Singer, released 80 years ago today, changed everything. The legendary All Jolson movie was the original “talkie,” with the newly developed Vitaphone sound system piping songs and dialogue into theater auditoriums for the very first time. Jolson’s words, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!,” were the first in spoken in movie history — but with a lot of audiences, they really hadn’t heard anything yet. The Jazz Singer was a major success and one of the biggest films of 1927, but was not the overwhelming smash hit it could have been because most movie theaters outside of the major cities had not yet installed sound systems. It was not until 1928 that movie lovers throughout the country got to hear — rather than just see — what all the fuss was about.

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October 28, 1973
The Long Goodbye re-released

The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman's revisionist take on the quintessential 40s private eye, Philip Marlowe, got a second shot at glory today in 1973 after it had floundered on its initial release in March, earlier that year.

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October 28, 1950
The Sin of the Master

The collaboration between two comic greats, Sturges and Lloyd, was one they had to atone for.

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