This article is from a website devoted to the Vitaphone
Project which is working to preserve soundtracks
from early talkies and Musical Shorts and pair them with their films.
of the most thrilling and gratifying developments in our Project has
been talking to the talented Rose Marie who, in 1929, made a one-reel
short as "Baby Rose Marie". Long thought to be lost, the
separate film and disc elements have been located. Project member
John Newton has been a long time Rose Marie fan, and held the disc
for this short. He has since sent her a cassette of the rousing
soundtrack. Rose Marie tells us she's been looking for this short for
over 60 years, and had really given up hopes of ever seeing it again.
The Project actively pursued options to get the film and disc
synched up again and was finally successful. The still shown here is from Rose Marie's own
scrapbook. She was too young to recall making this short, or two 1932
Vitaphone "Rambling 'Round Radio Row" one reelers. Her film
recollections really begin with the frequently broadcast
"International House" (Paramount, 1933), which features her
atop a piano singing "My Bluebird's Singing The Blues"
The restored film and soundtrack of
the Musical Short "The Child Wonder" is 9 minutes in length. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences presented "The Child Wonder" along with 13 other
restored Warner Bros. musical shorts, many of which were shot in
Technicolor using the early Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. Musical
shorts were produced to play as part of a theatrical package before
the feature attraction, accoding to Academy officials. And the
mini-movies, with an average running time of 10 or 20 minutes each,
also served as a means for studios to test new talent in front of the cameras.
short was shown prior to feature films,
including the premiere of Al Jolson's The