List of early Warner Bros. sound and talking features

This is a list of early pre-recorded sound and/or talking movies produced, co-produced, and/or distributed by Warner Bros. and its subsidiary First National (FN) for the years 1927-1931.

Silent film

silent film with Vitaphone track unless otherwise noted

Release date Title Notes
August 6, 1926Don JuanFirst Vitaphone feature. Synchronized Score and sound effects.
August 14, 1926Broken Hearts of Hollywood[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
September 2, 1926The Honeymoon ExpressSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
October 1, 1926MillionairesLost film
October 2, 1926Across the PacificSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
October 6, 1926The Better 'OleSynchronized Score and sound effects.
October 16, 1926My Official Wife
October 30, 1926Private Izzy MurphyLost film.
November 27, 1926While London SleepsSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
December 1, 1926The Third Degree[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
January 8, 1927Finger PrintsLost film
January 15, 1927Wolf's ClothingLost film
January 18, 1927The Fortune HunterSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film
January 22, 1927Don't Tell the WifeLost film
February 19, 1927Hills of Kentucky
February 26, 1927The Gay Old BirdLost film
March 19, 1927White FlannelsLost film
March 20, 1927What Every Girl Should KnowLost film
April 9, 1927Matinee LadiesLost film.
April 23, 1927Bitter ApplesSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
April 30, 1927The BruteLost film.
May 7, 1927Tracked by the PoliceSynchronized Score and sound effects. Soundtrack is lost.
May 14, 1927The ClimbersLost film.
May 21, 1927Irish HeartsLost film.
May 22, 1927The Missing LinkSynchronized Score and sound effects. Surviving film-- Gosfilmofond, LoC, Cineteca Nazionale, BFI National Film and Television
May 28, 1927A Million Bid[N 1]
June 1, 1927Simple SisLost film
June 4, 1927The Black Diamond Express[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
June 18, 1927DearieLost film.
June 25, 1927What Happened to Father?Synchronized Score and sound effects.
July 23, 1927The Heart of Maryland[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
August 20, 1927The Bush LeaguerSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
August 21, 1927When a Man LovesSynchronized Score and sound effects.
August 27, 1927The Desired WomanLost film.
September 3, 1927Slightly UsedLost film
September 4, 1927Old San FranciscoSynchronized Score and sound effects.
September 10, 1927Jaws of Steel[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
September 17, 1927One Round HoganSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
September 18, 1927The First AutoSynchronized Score and sound effects.
September 24, 1927A Sailor's Sweetheart[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
October 8, 1927Sailor Izzy MurphySynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
October 15, 1927The College WidowLost film.
October 22, 1927A Reno DivorceSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
October 29, 1927A Dog of the RegimentSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
November 5, 1927Good Time CharleySynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
November 12, 1927The Silver SlaveSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
November 19, 1927The Girl from ChicagoSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
November 26, 1927Ginsberg the GreatSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
December 3, 1927Brass KnucklesSynchronized Score and sound effects.
December 17, 1927If I Were SingleSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
December 24, 1927Ham and Eggs at the FrontSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film
December 31, 1927Husbands for RentLost film
January 14, 1928Beware of Married MenSynchronized Score and sound effects. 1 reel only.[1]
January 28, 1928A Race for LifeSynchronized Score and sound effects.
February 11, 1928The Little SnobSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
February 25, 1928Across the AtlanticSynchronized Score and sound effects.
March 10, 1928Powder My BackSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
March 28, 1928Domestic TroublesSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
April 7, 1928The Crimson City[N 1]Synchronized Score and sound effects.
April 21, 1928Rinty of the DesertSynchronized Score and sound effects. Lost film.
September 9, 1928Night WatchSynchronized Score and sound effects.
September 28, 1928Show GirlSynchronized Score and sound effects.
October 18, 1928Lilac TimeSynchronized Score and sound effects.
January 9, 1929Synthetic SinSynchronized Score and sound effects.
February 9, 1929The Greyhound LimitedSynchronized Score and sound effects.
February 28, 1929Why Be Good?Synchronized Score and sound effects.
March 24, 1929Love and the DevilSynchronized Score and sound effects.
March 31, 1929The Divine LadySynchronized Score and sound effects.

Sound film

These films consist of part-talking, part-silent with Vitaphone soundtrack, unless otherwise noted.

Title Release date Notes
The Jazz SingerOctober 6, 1927First Part-Talkie Feature. Survives in WCFTR, LoC and BFI.
TenderloinMarch 14, 1928Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Glorious BetsyApril 26, 1928Part-Talkie. Survive in LoC and WCFTR. Soundtrack is lost.
The Lion and the MouseJune 15, 1928Part-Talkie. Survive in UCLA, LoC and WCFTR. Soundtrack is lost.
Lights of New YorkJuly 8, 1928First All-Talkie Feature.
The TerrorAugust 15, 1928All-Talking. Lost film. Complete soundtrack survive only.
State Street SadieSeptember 2, 1928Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The Singing FoolSeptember 19, 1928Part-Talkie.
Women They Talk AboutOctober 14, 1928Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Land of the Silver FoxOctober 18, 1928Part-Talkie. Soundtrack is lost.
The Home TownersOctober 23, 1928All-Talking. Lost film.
Beware of BachelorsOctober 27, 1928Part-Talkie. Soundtrack is lost.
The Midnight TaxiOctober 28, 1928Part-Talkie. Sound version lost. Silent version survives.
Noah's ArkNovember 1, 1928Part-Talkie.
On TrialNovember 14, 1928All-Talking. Lost film.
Caught in the FogDecember 2, 1928Part-Talkie.
The Little WildcatDecember 8, 1928Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The Barker (FN)December 9, 1928Part-Talkie.
My ManDecember 21, 1928Part-Talkie. Lost film.
ConquestDecember 22, 1928All-Talking. Lost film.
Seven Footprints to Satan (FN)January 27, 1929Part-Talkie. Sound version lost. Silent version survives. Soundtrack is lost.
Million Dollar CollarFebruary 9, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Weary River (FN)February 10, 1929Part-Talkie.
Fancy BaggageFebruary 23, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Stolen KissesFebruary 23, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Sonny BoyFebruary 27, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Stark MadMarch 2, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Queen of the Night ClubsMarch 24, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Hardboiled RoseMarch 30, 1929Part-Talkie. Soundtrack is lost.
The Redeeming SinApril 6, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
His Captive Woman (FN)April 7, 1929Part-Talkie.
Hot Stuff (FN)April 7, 1929Part-Talkie.
The Desert SongApril 8, 1929All-Talking. Part Technicolor.
Saturday's Children (FN)April 14, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
One Stolen NightApril 20, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Kid GlovesApril 27, 1929Part-Talkie. Survive at GEH[2]
House of Horror (FN)April 28, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Glad Rag DollMay 4, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
No DefenseMay 11, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Two Weeks Off (FN)May 12, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Prisoners (FN)May 19, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
Frozen RiverMay 25, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The Squall (FN)May 26, 1929All-Talkie.
On with the ShowMay 28, 1929All-Talking. All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. Color fragments survive.
Careers (FN)June 2, 1929All-Talkie. Lost film.
From HeadquartersJune 6, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The Girl in the Glass Cage (FN)June 23, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The GamblersJune 29, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Broadway Babies (FN)June 30, 1929All-Talking.
The Man and the Moment (FN)July 7, 1929Part-Talkie.
The Time, the Place and the GirlJuly 8, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Twin Beds (FN)July 14, 1929All-Talkie. Lost film.
Drag (FN)July 21, 1929All-Talking.
Madonna of Avenue AJuly 22, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Smiling Irish Eyes (FN)July 28, 1929All-Talking. Technicolor sequences. Lost film.
Hard To Get (FN)August 4, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Say It with SongsAugust 6, 1929All-Talking.
Dark Streets (FN)August 11, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Careless Age (FN)August 18, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Her Private Life (FN)August 25, 1929All-Talking. Print exists in the Italian Cineteca Italiana.
Gold Diggers of BroadwayAugust 30, 1929All-Talking. All Technicolor. Mostly lost film. Complete soundtrack survives.
Fast Life (FN)September 1, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Hearts in ExileSeptember 14, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Great Divide (FN)September 15, 1929All-Talking.
Honky TonkSeptember 21, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
A Most Immoral Lady (FN)September 22, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The HottentotSeptember 28, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Isle Of Lost Ships (FN)September 29, 1929All-Talking.
The Argyle CaseOctober 5, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
EvidenceOctober 5, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
So Long LettyOctober 16, 1929All-Talking.
Is Everybody Happy?October 19, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Young Nowheres (FN)October 20, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
In the HeadlinesOctober 26, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Girl From Woolworths (FN)October 27, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
DisraeliNovember 1, 1929All-Talking. Nominee for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Skin DeepNovember 2, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Paris (FN)November 7, 1929All-Talking. Part Technicolor. Lost film.
Footlights And Fools (FN)November 8, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The SapNovember 9, 1929Part-Talkie. Lost film.
The Forward Pass (FN)November 10, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Little Johnny Jones (FN)November 17, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Show of ShowsNovember 21, 1929All-Talking. Nearly all Technicolor. Survives but most only in black and white.
The Sacred FlameNovember 24, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Painted Angel (FN)December 1, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The Love Racket (FN)December 8, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
The AviatorDecember 14, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.
Tiger RoseDecember 21, 1929All-Talking.
Sally (FN)December 23, 1929All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. Color fragments survive.
Wedding Rings (FN)December 29, 1929All-Talking. Lost film.

Films released in 1930 and after are All-Talking

No further Silent Films with Synchronized Scores or Part-Talkies were made or released.

Title Release date Notes
Second ChoiceJanuary 4, 1930Lost Film.
Lilies of the Field (FN)January 5, 1930Lost Film.
Playing Around (FN)January 19, 1930On DVD
General CrackJanuary 25, 1930Part Technicolor. Sound version lost. A soundtrack survives but doesn't match the silent version footage that does survive.
In the Next Room (FN)January 26, 1930Lost Film.
Wide OpenFebruary 1, 1930On DVD
Loose Ankles (FN)February 2, 1930On DVD
The Other Tomorrow (FN)February 9, 1930Lost Film.
The Green GoddessFebruary 13, 1930
She Couldn't Say NoFebruary 15, 1930Lost Film.
No, No, Nanette (FN)February 16, 1930Part Technicolor. 160ft fragment exist at BFI National Archive.
Demon of the SeaMarch 1930Lost Film.
Isle of EscapeMarch 1, 1930Lost Film.
Strictly Modern (FN)March 2, 1930Lost Film.
Son of the Gods (FN)March 9, 1930Part Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. On DVD
Song of the WestMarch 15, 1930All Technicolor. Lost Film.
On the BorderMarch 15, 1930
The Furies (FN)March 16, 1930Lost Film.
Hold EverythingMarch 20, 1930All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white
MammyMarch 26, 1930Technicolor sequences. On DVD
The Man from Blankley'sMarch 28, 1930Lost Film.
Under a Texas MoonApril 1, 1930All Technicolor. Print at UCLA.
Murder Will Out (FN)April 6, 1930Lost Film.
Spring is Here (FN)April 13, 1930
Those Who DanceApril 19, 1930
Show Girl in Hollywood (FN)April 20, 1930Part Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. On DVD
The Second Floor MysteryApril 26, 1930
A Notorious Affair (FN)May 4, 1930On DVD
The Man HunterMay 5, 1930Lost Film.
Dumbbells in ErmineMay 10, 1930Lost Film.
The Flirting Widow (FN)May 11, 1930
The Bride of the Regiment (FN)May 21, 1930All Technicolor. Lost Film.
CourageMay 22, 1930Lost Film.
Song of the Flame (FN)May 25, 1930All Technicolor. Vitascope. Lost Film.
Back Pay (FN)June 1, 1930On DVD
Rough WatersJune 7, 1930Lost Film.
Golden DawnJune 14, 1930All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white.
Sweethearts and Wives (FN)June 15, 1930
Sweet Mama (FN)July 6, 1930
Recaptured LoveJuly 8, 1930
The Dawn Patrol (FN)July 10, 1930On DVD
Dancing SweetiesJuly 19, 1930On DVD
Road to Paradise (FN)July 20, 1930On DVD
Three Faces EastJuly 26, 1930On DVD
The Matrimonial BedAugust 2, 1930On DVD
Sweet Kitty BellairsAugust 9, 1930All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. On DVD
Numbered Men (FN)August 6, 1930
Moby DickAugust 14, 1930On DVD
Oh Sailor BehaveAugust 16, 1930On DVD
The Office WifeAugust 23, 1930On DVD
Top Speed (FN)August 24, 1930
Big BoySeptember 6, 1930On DVD
The Way of All Men (FN)September 7, 1930Lost Film.
The Bad Man (FN)September 15, 1930Unpreserved nitrate print at UCLA. In danger of being lost.
Bright Lights (FN)September 21, 1930All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white. Color fragments at LOC. On DVD
Old EnglishSeptember 27, 1930On DVD
Scarlet Pages (FN)September 28, 1930On DVD
Maybe It's LoveOctober 4, 1930On DVD
College Lovers (FN)October 5, 1930Lost Film
Sinner's HolidayOctober 11, 1930On DVD
The Girl of the Golden West (FN)October 12, 1930Lost Film.
The Doorway to HellOctober 18, 1930On DVD
The Life of the PartyOctober 25, 1930All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white.
Kismet (FN)October 30, 1930Vitascope. Lost Film.
A Soldier's PlaythingNovember 1, 1930Vitascope. On DVD
River's EndNovember 1, 1930
The Gorilla (FN)November 2, 1930Lost Film.
The Truth About Youth (FN)November 3, 1930
Sunny (FN)November 9, 1930On DVD
The Widow from Chicago (FN)November 23, 1930On DVD
Viennese NightsNovember 26, 1930All Technicolor. Color print at UCLA.
Outward BoundNovember 29, 1930
One Night at Susie's (FN)November 30, 1930On DVD
Man to ManDecember 6, 1930
Mother's Cry (FN)December 7, 1930
Divorce Among FriendsDecember 13, 1930
The Lash (FN)December 14, 1930Vitascope. On DVD
Captain ThunderDecember 27, 1930On DVD
Other Men's WomenJanuary 17, 1931On DVD
Captain ApplejackJanuary 31, 1931
IllicitFebruary 14, 1931On DVD
Sit TightFebruary 28, 1931On DVD
Fifty Million FrenchmenMarch 21, 1931All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white.
God's Gift to WomenApril 25, 1931On DVD
SvengaliApril 29, 1931On DVD
The MillionaireMay 15, 1931
The Public EnemyMay 22, 1931On DVD
The Maltese FalconJune 13, 1931On DVD
Gold Dust GertieJune 27, 1931On DVD
Smart MoneyJuly 11, 1931On DVD
Children of DreamsJuly 25, 1931Part Technicolor. Lost film.
Night NurseAugust 8, 1931On DVD
Bought!August 8, 1931
The Star WitnessAugust 21, 1931
Alexander HamiltonSeptember 12, 1931On DVD
Side ShowSeptember 19, 1931On DVD
The Road to SingaporeOctober 10, 1931On DVD
Expensive WomenOctober 24, 1931
The Mad GeniusNovember 7, 1931On DVD
Blonde CrazyNovember 14, 1931On DVD
The Naughty Flirt (FN)January 11, 1931On DVD
Little Caesar (FN)January 25, 1931On DVD
Going Wild (FN)February 2, 1931On DVD
The Right of Way (FN)February 7, 1931On DVD
Kiss Me Again (FN)February 21, 1931All Technicolor. Survives only in black and white.
Father's Son (FN)March 7, 1931Lost film. Soundtrack survives.
The Hot Heiress (FN)March 28, 1931On DVD
Woman Hungry (FN)April 4, 1931All Technicolor. Lost film.
The Finger Points (FN)April 11, 1931On DVD
Misbehaving Ladies (FN)April 18, 1931
Too Young to Marry (FN)May 8, 1931
The Lady Who Dared (FN)May 29, 1931
Party Husband (FN)June 6, 1931On DVD
Men of the Sky (FN)June 20, 1931Lost film.
Big Business Girl (FN)July 4, 1931On DVD
Chances (FN)July 18, 1931On DVD
Broadminded (FN)August 1, 1931On DVD
The Reckless Hour (FN)August 15, 1931On DVD
The Last Flight (FN)August 29, 1931On DVD
The Bargain (FN)September 5, 1931Lost film.
I Like Your Nerve (FN)September 12, 1931On DVD
Five Star Final (FN)September 26, 1931On DVD
Penrod and Sam (FN)October 3, 1931On DVD
Honor of the Family (FN)October 17, 1931Lost film.
The Ruling Voice (FN)October 31, 1931
Local Boy Makes Good (FN)November 28, 1931On DVD
Compromised (FN)December 5, 1931Lost film.
Safe in Hell (FN)December 12, 1931On DVD
Her Majesty, Love (FN)December 26, 1931On DVD

Notes

  1. Some films from the Warner Archive Collection has not been announced on DVD.

See also

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