Early history of music in motion pictures

History of Film — Wikipedia article on the History of Film.

Arabian Gun Twirler — Early film without music.

Tinfoil.com — History of early recorded music.

Silent Films — Wikipedia article (see examples on page).

NPR article — Listen to this article about live music in silent films.

Pola Negri site — Introduction to Modern Music in the Silent Film.

Desperate Desmond — Wax cylinder recording from the Library of Congress of a “rehearsal” for a vaudeville show.

Sound film — Wikipedia article on Sound Film.

The Jazz Singer — Clip from the first “talkie”: Toot Toot Tootsie, performed by actor Al Jolsen.