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Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

Katherine Spring


In the late 1920s, Hollywood's conversion from silent to synchronized-sound film production not only instigated the convergence of the film and music industries but also gave rise to an extraordinary period of song use in American cinema. This book considers how the increasing interdependence of Hollywood studios and Tin Pan Alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative functions of popular songs in a variety of non-musical film genres, including melodramas, romantic comedies, Westerns, prison dramas, and action-adventure films, and shows how filmmakers tested and refin ... More

Keywords: film, songs, popular music, Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood, film history, film narrative, transition to sound, coming of sound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199842216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Spring, author
Wilfrid Laurier University