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Q: Last Hollywood Silent Film? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Last Hollywood Silent Film?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: braitman-ga
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Posted: 14 Oct 2005 10:58 PDT
Expires: 13 Nov 2005 09:58 PST
Question ID: 580287
What was the last completely Silent film released by a Hollywood
studio? (not including Charlie Chaplin, of course) (And I know that
silent films were released into the 1930s in foreign countries.) And,
what I mean by Silent is a film originally shot as a silent and
exhibited as a silent, with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Not a
film that was shot in both silent and sound versions, or a silent film
that had sound affects added.
Subject: Re: Last Hollywood Silent Film?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 14 Oct 2005 11:24 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi braitman,

The last silent film Hollywood ever produced was the 1935 love story
Legong: Dance of the Virgins, which director Henri de la Falaise shot
on location in Bali with an all-native cast.

"Last silent movie produced by Hollywood: Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935).
The movie was filmed in Bali and features an all-native cast. It was
directed by Henri
de La Falaise."

Notable Last Facts - A Compendium of Endings, Conclusions,
Terminations and Final Events Throughout History
Reference Desk Press,

"This film was the last Hollywood film produced and released in
two-strip Technicolor and the last silent film produced in Hollywood.

The film was beautifully filmed in Bali, and has a musical soundtrack
with titles (no dialogue). Legong was produced by Bennett Productions,
and originally released by Paramount International (outside the US
only) due to concerns about brief female nudity in the film. However,
later in the 30's the film apparently showed up in various mutilated
versions in so-called "grind houses" in New York City under various
lurid titles. The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored Legong in
1999, using prints from the US, Canada, and the UK..."

The Internet Movie Database

Search criteria:
"last silent film" hollywood 
"Legong: Dance of the Virgins" "last silent *"

I hope this is helpful.

Best regards,
braitman-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for an excellent response, though I must admit not the
answer I was exactly hoping for. That's not your fault. I was thinking
that there must have been a time just after "The Jazz Singer" when
Hollywood pulled the plug on all solely silent productions, but maybe
one slipped through. Obviously "Legong" was an exception, since I
doubt there were many other -- if any -- exclusively silent films from
Hollywood between 1928-29 and this one in 1935. If you can help me
find the last Hollywood STUDIO film, that would be great. Thanks again
for good work.

Subject: Re: Last Hollywood Silent Film?
From: notablelastfacts-ga on 18 Oct 2005 23:55 PDT
Here is some more complete data from my book, Notable Last Facts.
Maybe this will help. Thanks, William B. Brahms, author Notable Last
Facts (the core reference work on "lasts")

Movies?Silent Films 
Warner Brothers announced in August 1928 that all of its films planned
for the 1928-29 fiscal year would have sound. United Artists made the
same announcement in November 1928. Twentieth-Century Fox announced in
February 1929 that it had made its Last silent movie. Columbia
Pictures released its last silent movie (The Quitter) on April 1,
? Last major silent film made in the early years of sound film: Modern
Times (re-leased 1936), starring Charlie Chaplin. It was not entirely
silent. Chaplin does sing and use some sound effects.
? Last year a large number of silent films were produced: 1929. By
then, most films were being made with sound. Some film historians
contend that the ?Silent Era? was over when Modern Times was released.
 ? Also considered the last films of the ?Silent Era?: Charlie
Chaplin?s City Lights, begun in 1928 but released in 1931, and F.W.
Murnau?s Tabu (1931), an Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography.
 ? Last major studio to convert to sound: MGM. 
 ? Last silent movie by MGM: The Kiss, which wrapped up filming in
September 1929. The Kiss was also Greta Garbo?s last silent movie.
 ? Last surviving silent film director: believed to be Andrew Lysander
Stone, who directed the silent films The Elegy (1927) and Liebensraum
(1928). Stone died in Los Angeles, California, on June 6, 1999, age
? Last silent movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture: Wings (1927).
? Last silent movie nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture:
The Patriot (1928).
? Last silent Our Gang comedy: Saturday?s Lesson (1929).
? Last surviving silent Our Gang comedy cast member: Jean Darling
(Dorothy Jean LeVake) who was a cast member from 1927 to 1929.
? Last silent Laurel & Hardy comedy: An-gora Love (1929).
? Last country to show silent films rou-tinely: Thailand. The Thai
film industry was disrupted during World War II and all Thai feature
films made until the 1960s were shot silent on 16mm film. Sound was
added in the theater by actors reading lines offstage. The practice
ended in 1970 with the adop-tion of 35mm sound film.
? Last silent movie produced by Hollywood: Legong: Dance of the
Virgins (1935). The movie was filmed in Bali and features an
all-native cast. It was directed by Henri de La Falaise

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