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Q: First Movie Soundtrack sold. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: First Movie Soundtrack sold.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: techfun-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 06 Nov 2006 09:11 PST
Expires: 06 Dec 2006 09:11 PST
Question ID: 780526
What was the first movie to release a soundtrack or score for sale.
Subject: Re: First Movie Soundtrack sold.
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 10:22 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi techfun,

According to various sources, the first movie to release a soundtrack
was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).

(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) was the first film to ever have a
soundtrack recording album released for it.
"Because Disney did not have its own music publishing company when the
earlier animated films were produced, all the rights to publish the
music and songs from this film are actually still controlled by the
Bourne Co. In later years, the Studio was able to acquire back the
rights to the music from many of the other films, except this one.
Prior to Snow White, a movie soundtrack recording was unheard of and
with little value to a movie studio."

Trivia for Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) 
"The MGM Records soundtrack album made from this film, originally
released on a 78-RPM album set, was the first soundtrack album ever
made from a live-action film musical. Previously the only movie
musical soundtrack released on records was that of Disney's "Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs". (The authentic soundtrack album of MGM's
The Wizard of Oz (1939), with the film cast, was not released until

"Two decades after releasing the world's first soundtrack recording
with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney achieved another
milestone by releasing Sleeping Beauty, the world's first stereo
soundtrack album..."

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
"The movie was released in 1937 to great fanfare and marked the first
time ever that movie merchandise was available upon a film?s
opening?including toys, figurines, puppets, clothes, and the first
motion picture soundtrack album..."

"Not only was Snow White the first film to have the actual film
soundtrack released on phonograph record, it was also the first film
to have merchandise available on it's opening day."

What was the first film to ever have a record album released of its soundtrack? 
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

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I hope the information provided is helpful. If you have any questions
regarding my answer please don?t hesitate to ask before rating.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 11:43 PST
This piece of information was brought to my attention by my colleague
denco-ga (thank you denco):

When was the first film score released to the general public on a
record, and what was it?

"The first complete film score to be issued on disc, actually a 78 rpm
vinyl record, was also the first full symphonic score to be used in a
sound film, according to the book "Film Facts" by Patrick Robertson.
It was Max Steiner's film score for RKO's "The Bird of Paradise",
released in 1932.
The first record of a song from a movie was "Mother O' Mine" from the
movie "The Jazz Singer" (1927). It was sung by Al Jolson and released
on the Brunswick label on October 6, 1927..."

The Picture Show Man

I hope this is helpful.

Best regards,
techfun-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Excellent!  Just what I needed but didn't have time to dig for.  My
mother-in-law wanted the answer ASAP.

Subject: Re: First Movie Soundtrack sold.
From: steph53-ga on 06 Nov 2006 11:57 PST

What a great answer for the measly asking price!!
I'm impressed.

Subject: Re: First Movie Soundtrack sold.
From: rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 22:34 PST
I'm glad I could help. Thank you for the rating and tip.
Best regards,

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