Photos From Talking Films from 1929 and the 1930s
Algiers (1938) with Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, and Sigrid Gurie. Directed by John Cromwell. Walter Wanger/United Artists. Sound film.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) with Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and Raymond Griffith. Directed by Lewis Milestone. Universal.
Artist's Muddles (1933) with Vernon Dent, Andy Clyde and Louis Alberni. Directed by Harry Edwards. Mack Sennett/Educational.
Below Zero (1930) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Tiny Sanford, and Kay Deslys. Directed by James Parrott. Hal Roach/MGM.
Billy the Kid (1930) with Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson, and Karl Dane. Directed by King Vidor. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Bird of Paradise (1932) with Dolores del Rio and Joel McCrea. Directed by King Vidor. RKO.
Birthday Blues (1932) with Dickie Moore, George Spanky McFarland and Lillian Rich. Directed by Robert McGowan. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Block-Heads (1938) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert, and Patricia Ellis. Directed by John G. Blystone. Hal Roach/MGM.
Bohemian Girl, The (1936) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Jacqueline Wells. Directed by James W. Horne and Charles Rogers. Hal Roach/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Bonnie Scotland (1935) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anne Grey and James Finlayson. Directed by James W. Horne. Hal Roach/MGM.
Boxing Gloves (1929) with Joe Cobb, Norman "Chubby" Chaney, Allen "Farina" Hoskins and Jean Darling. Directed by Anthony Mack (Robert A. McGowan). Hal Roach/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Charles Ruggles. Directed by Howard Hawks. RKO.
Broadway (1929) with Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent and Merna Kennedy. Directed by Paul Fejos. Universal.
Bullets or Ballots (1936) with Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, and Humphrey Bogart. Directed by William Keighley. Warner Brothers.
Captain Lash (1929) with Victor McLaglen, Claire Windsor, and Clyde Cook. Directed by John G. Blystone. Fox. Released in sound and silent versions.
Ceiling Zero (1936) with James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, June Travis, and Stuart Erwin. Directed by Howard Hawks. Cosmopolitan/First National/Warner Brothers.
Chickens Come Home (1931) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson and Mae Busch. Directed by James W. Horne. Roach/MGM.
Choo Choo! (1932) with Del Henderson, George "Spanky" McFarland, and Matthew "Stymie" Beard. Directed by Robert McGowan. Hal Roach/MGM.
Christopher Bean (1933) with Marie Dresser, Lionel Barrymore and Helen Mack. Directed by Sam Wood. M-G-M.
Cock-Eyed World, The (1929) with Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe and Lili Damita. Directed by Directed by Raoul Walsh. Fox. Released in sound and silent versions.
College Lovers (1930) with Jack Whiting and Marian Nixon. Directed by John Adolfi. First National.
Count Takes the Count, The (1936) with Charley Chase, Antoinette Lees (Andrea Leeds), and Kewpie Morgan. Directed by Harold Law. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Dangerous Curves (1929) with Clara Bow and Richard Arlen. Directed by Lothar Mendes. Paramount Pictures.
Desert Song, The (1929) with John Boles and Carlotta King. Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Warner Brothers.
Disraeli (1929) with George Arliss, Doris Lloyd, and Joan Bennett. Directed by Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers.
Doomed Battalion, The (1932) with Luis Trenker, Tala Birell, and Victor Varconi. Directed by Cyril Gardner. Universal.
Drag (1929) with Richard Barthelmess, Lila Lee, and Lucien Littlefield. Directed by Frank Lloyd. First National.
Farewell to Arms, A (1932) with Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolphe Menjou. Directed by Frank Borzage. Paramount. Sound.
Fixer Uppers, The (1935) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, and Charles Middleton. Directed by Charley Rogers. MGM.
Flying Fool, The (1929) with William Boyd, Marie Prevost and Russell Gleason. Directed by Tay Garnett. Pathé.
Footlights and Fools (1929) with Colleen Moore, Raymond Hackett and Fredric March. Directed by William A. Seiter. First National/Warner Brothers.
Fowler Studio Varieties (1930) with Ray West and His Columbia Recording Orchestra and Mademoiselle Fumi. Directed by Alvin Neitz. Fowler Studios/Unknown distributor.
Girl on the Front Page, The (1936) with Edmund Lowe, Gloria Stuart, and Reginald Owen. Directed by Harry Beaumont. Universal.
Girls' Dormitory (1936) with Herbert Marshall, Ruth Chatterton, and Simone Simon. Directed by Irving Cummings. 20th Century-Fox.
Glad Rad Doll, The (1929) with Dolores Costello and Ralph Graves. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers.
Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and Joan Crawford. Directed by Edmund Goulding. M-G-M.
Great Divide, The (1929) with Ian Keith, Dorothy Mackaill, and Myrna Loy. Directed by Reginald Barker. First National.
Hell Divers (1931) with Wallace Beery, Clark Gable, and Conrad Nagel. Directed by George W. Hill. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
His Double Life (1933) with Roland Young, Lillian Gish and Montagu Love. Directed by Arthur Hopkins. Eddie Dowling/Paramount.
Hog Wild (1930) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Fay Holderness. Directed by James Parrott. Hal Roach/MGM.
Hollywood Boulevard (1936) with John Halliday and Marsha Hunt. Directed by Robert Florey. Paramount.
Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) with Conrad Nagel, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jack Benny, and Joan Crawford . Directed by Charles "Chuck" Reisner. M-G-M. Sound film.
Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1939) with Richard Greene, Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie, and Nigel Bruce. Directed by Sidney Lanfield. Twentieth-Century Fox.
Housekeeper's Daughter, The (1939) with Joan Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, and John Hubbard. Directed by Hal Roach. Hal Roach/United Artists.
Hush Money (1931) with Joan Bennett, Hardie Albright, and Owen Moore. Directed by Sidney Lanfield. Fox.
I Promise to Pay (1937) with Chester Morris and Leo Carrillo. Directed by D. Ross Lederman. Columbia.
Idle Rich, The (1929) with Conrad Nagel, Bessie Love, and Leila Hyams. Directed by William C. deMille. MGM.
Isle of Escape (1930) with Monte Blue, Myrna Loy and Betty Compson. Directed by Howard Bretherton. Warner Brothers. Sound.
Join the Marines (1937) with Paul Kelly, June Travis, and Reginald Denny. Directed by Ralph Staub. Republic.
Ladies Love Brutes (1930) with George Bancroft, Mary Astor, and Fredric March. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Paramount.
Lady Lies, The (1929) with Walter Huston, Claudette Colbert, and Charles Ruggles. Directed by Hoart Henly. Paramount.
Lady Vanishes, The (1938) with Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, and Dame Mae Whitty. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Gainsborough.
Laurel-Hardy Murder Case, The (1930) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Fred Kelsey. Directed by James Parrott. Hal Roach/MGM.
Lion's Roar, The (1928) with Johnny Burke, Daphne Pollard, and Billy Bevan. Directed by Mack Sennett. Sennett/Educational.
Madame X (1929) with Lewis Stone, Ruth Chatterton, and Raymond Hackett. Directed by Lionel Barrymore. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Madonna of Avenue A (1929) with Dolores Costello, Louise Dresser and Grant Withers. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers.
Mail and Female (1937) with Carl Switzer, Spanky McFarland, and Darla Hood. Directed by Art Lloyd. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934) with Leslie Banks, Edna Best and Peter Lorre. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Gaumont British.
Maybe It's Love (1935) with Ross Alexander, Gloria Stuart, and Frank McHugh. Directed by William C. McGann. First National/Warner Brothers.
Mighty, The (1929) with George Bancroft and Esther Ralston. Directed by John Cromwell. Paramount.
Milky Way, The (1936) with Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou and Verree Teasdale. Directed by Leo McCarey (and Ray McCarey and Norman Z. McLeod). Paramount.
Mr Bride (1932) with Charley Chase and Muriel Evans. Directed by James Parrott. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
My Man Godfrey (1936) with William Powell, Carole Lombard and Eugene Pallette. Directed by Gregory LaCava. Universal.
Night at the Opera, A (1935) with Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx and Margaret Dumont. Directed by Sam Wood. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Nothing Sacred (1937) with Carole Lombard, Frederic March, Walter Connelly, and Charles Winniger. Directed by William Wellman. Selznick / United Artists.
Of Human Bondage (1934) with Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, and Francis Dee. Directed by John Cromwell. RKO.
On the Wrong Trek (1936) with Charley Chase, Rosina Lawrence and Bonita Weber. Directed by Harold Law and Charley Chase. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Our Relations (1936) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale and James Finlayson. Directed by Harry Lachman. Hal Roach/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Out of Singapore (1932) with Noah Beery, Montague Love and George Walsh. Directed by Charles Hutchison. Astor Pictures. Sound.
Painted Angel (1929) with Billie Dove and Edmund Lowe. Directed by Millard Webb. First National.
Perfect Day (1929) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, and Kay Deslys. Directed by James Parrott. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Power and the Glory, The (1933) with Spencer Tracy and Colleen Moore. Directed by William K. Howard. Fox.
Professor Beware (1938) with Harold Lloyd, Phyllis Welch, and Raymond Walburn. Directed by Elliott Nugent. Paramount.
Quality Street (1937) with Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, and Eric Blore. Directed by George Stephens. RKO Radio.
Rainbow Man, The (1929) with Eddie Dowling and Marian Nixon. Directed by Fred Newmeyer. Sono Art/Paramount.
Rescue, The (1929) with Ronald Colman, Lili Damita, and Alfred Hickman. Directed by Herbert Brenon. Goldwyn/United Artists.
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) with Gene Autry, Mary Carlisle, and Smiley Burnett. Directed by George Sherman. Republic.
Santa Fe Trail, The (1930) with Richard Arlen, Mitzi Green and Eugene Pallette. Directed by Otto Brower and and Edwin H. Knopf. Paramount.
Saturday Night Kid, The (1929) with Clara Bow, Jean Arthur and James Hall. Directed by Edward Sutherland. Paramount.
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1934) with Leslie Howard and Merle Olberon. Directed by Harold Young. London Films/United Artists.
Sea God, The (1930) with Richard Arlen, Fay Wray and Eugene Pallette. Directed by George Abbott. Paramount.
Second Choice (1930) with Delores Costello. Directed by Howard Bretherton. Warner Brothers.
Secret Agent (1936) with John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, and Madeleine Carroll. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Gaumont British.
Skin Deep (1929) with Monte Blue, Davey Lee, and Betty Compson. Directed by Ray Enright. Warner Brothers.
Sleeping Porch, The (1929) with Raymond Griffith and Barbara Leonard. Directed by Leslie Pearce. Christie/Paramount. Sound short.
Smiling Irish Eyes (1929) with Colleen Moore, James Hall. Directed by William A. Seiter. First National.
Sons of the Desert (1933) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, and Mae Busch. Directed by William A. Seiter. Hal Roach/MGM.
Stoker, The (1932) with Monte Blue and Dorothy Burgess. Directed by Chester Franklin. Allied Pictures.
Strictly Personal (1933) with Marjorie Rambeau, Dorothy Jordan, and Eddie Quillan. Directed by Ralph Murphy. Paramount.
Success at Any Price (1934) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Genevieve Tobin, and Colleen Moore. Directed by J. Searle Dawley. RKO-Radio.
Sunny Side Up (1929) with Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, and El Brendel. Directed by David Butler. Fox.
Sweet Mama (1930) with Alice White and David Manners. Directed by Edward Cline. Warner Brothers/First National.
Swiss Miss (1938) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Della Lind (Grete Natzler), and Walter Woolf King. Directed by John G. Blystone and Hal Roach. Hal Roach/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
There's Always a Woman (1938) with Joan Blondell, Melvyn Douglas and Mary Astor. Directed by Alexander Hall. Columbia.
This is the Night (1932) with Lily Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young, and Cary Grant. Directed by Frank Tuttle. Paramount.
Time, The Place, and the Girl, The (1929) with Grant Withers, Betty Compson and Gertrude Olmstead. Directed by Howard Bretherton. First National.
Tit for Tat (1935) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall and Mae Busch. Directed by Charles Rogers. Hal Roach/MGM.
Topper Takes a Trip (1938) with Constance Bennett, Roland Young, and Billie Burke. Directed by Norman Z. MacLeod. Hal Roach / United Artists.
Trail of the Lonesome Pine, The (1936) with Sylvia Sydney, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray and Fred Stone. Directed by Henry Hathaway. Paramount.
Towed in a Hole (1932) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Billy Gilbert. Directed by George Marshall. Hal Roach/MGM.
Vamp Till Ready (1936) with Charley Chase, Wilma Cox. Directed by Harold Law and Charley Chase. Hal Roach/M-G-M.
Wanted: Jane Turner (1936) with Lee Tracy and Gloria Stuart. Directed by Edward Killy. RKO.
What No Beer? (1933) with Buster Keaton. Directed by Edward Sedgewick. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
What Price Innocence? (1933) with Jean Parker, Minna Gombell, Willard Mack and Betty Grable. Directed by Willard Mack. Columbia.
The White Angel (1936) with Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, and Donald Woods. Directed by William Dieterle. Warner Brothers.
Woman Commands, A (1932) with Pola Negri, Roland Young, Basil Rathbone. Directed by Paul Stein. RKO Radio.
Woman Doctor (1939) with Freida Inescourt, Henry Wilcoxon and Claire Dodd. Directed by Sidney Salkow. Republic.
Women Must Dress (1935) with Minna Gombell, Gavin Gordon and Hardie Albright. Directed by Reginald Barker. Monogram.
Zappatore [The Tiller of the Soil] (1930) with Gustavo Serena and Silvio Orsini. Directed by Gustavo Serena. Any-Film di Vincenzo Pergamo/Mogul.
Last Modified September 21, 2023.