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Anita Page & Bessie Love in 'The Broadway Melody': First Best Picture Talkie

The Broadway Melody was one of the biggest box office hits of the 1920s. Released by MGM in early 1929, the musical melodrama about two show-biz sisters in love with the same man, rode the wave of the all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing craze of the period. However pedestrian its storyline, The Broadway Melody even went on to win the first best picture Academy Award given to a talking film. (The awards were only two years old. The previous winner was the silent war drama Wings.) Directed by Harry Beaumont, and written by Norman Houston, James Gleason (best known for his fast-talking characters in films of the 1930s and 1940s), and Sarah Y. Mason, from a story by Edmund Goulding (who directed […]


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Anita Page & Bessie Love in 'The Broadway Melody': First Best Picture Talkie



Silent Film Actress Anita Page Turns 98: Starred in First Talking Best Picture Academy Award Winner

Silent film actress Anita Page turns 98: Featured in first all-talking Best Picture Academy Award winner Author Allan Ellenberger, currently working on a biography of Miriam Hopkins (Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Becky Sharp), pays tribute to Anita Page, The Last Surviving Silent Film Star. Page, among whose leading men were William Haines, Ramon Novarro, John Gilbert, Buster Keaton, and Lon Chaney, turned 98 two days ago, August 4, 2008. (Image: Anita Page ca. 1930.) Anita Page is also historically important for being one of the stars – alongside Bessie Love and Charles King – of the first talkie to win a Best Picture Academy Award: Harry Beaumont's 1929 MGM musical The Broadway Melody, billed as an all-talking, all-singing, […]


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Silent Film Actress Anita Page Turns 98: Starred in First Talking Best Picture Academy Award Winner



Anita Page: The Last Surviving Silent Film Star

  Back in the late 1920s, Anita Page could never have dreamed that eight decades later she would be a celebrity of sorts: The Official Last Surviving Silent Film Star. In truth, Anita Page was never a star in silent movies. She appeared on screen later in the decade, right at the time when the part-talkie The Jazz Singer was revolutionizing the industry. In those final days of the silent era, she played leading lady roles – that often amounted to extended supporting parts – opposite the likes of William Haines, Ramon Novarro, and Lon Chaney. But since every adult silent film performer who's ever had his or her name above the title is now dead (am I forgetting anyone?), […]


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Anita Page: The Last Surviving Silent Film Star