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August 22
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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pump up the volume August 22, 1990
Pump Up the Volume released

On this day in 1990, a rousing cinematic anthem to unlikely teenage rebellion hit theaters Stateside. Not only was the hero of Pump Up the Volume somewhat unlikely, but the fact that the movie was being made at all was also surprising, as its director, Allan Moyle, had retired from directing 10 years previously.

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August 22, 1971
And Now for Something Completely Different opens in US

Perhaps the most ingenious transitional device in the history of TV belongs to Monty Python, the British comedy troupe who'd blithely cut from one unrelated sketch to another with the words, "And now for something completely different."

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22 August 1971
And Now For Something Eerily Familiar

For fans of Monty Python, their first film simply restaged their favorite skits. But for the US and the world, the film introduced a new generation of comedy stars.

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