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Silent & Sound!--2 Original Versions of same Clara Bow movie TRUE TO THE NAVY

There was a brief transitional time period when the movie studios released both silent and sound versions of the same movie. It was necessary because at the time, sound was new and installing sound equipment in a huge number of existing "silent" movie theatres across the U.S. was a huge and expensive undertaking--especially outside of the big cities. Another factor was due to the fact, at that time, silent versions were still being produced for European release (dubbing was still a process to be deveoped).

This 1930 Clara Bow title is one of those interesting "dual version" movies and will be introduced by author David Stenn. And the silent version that will be screening first, will be accompanied LIVE by organist Robert Israel. Both movies will be shown in newly restored 35mm prints!!!

A soda fountain counter girl, Ruby (Bow) puts a twist to the old cliche about sailors, girls and ports: She's caught the eye of every sailor in one port. Ruby's innocent flirtations keep a steady flow of love struck customers coming into the shop, but when the Navy boys get wise to the set up, they plot revenge. Their opportunity arises when Ruby falls sincerely head over heels for the Navy's biggest ladykiller, Bull's Eye McCoy (March).

If the plot sounds slight, it’s because producer Budd Schulberg greenlit True to the Navy based on the song of the same name which Bow performed in Paramount on Parade, earlier in the year. Despite the fact that the sound version of True to the Navy was inspired by Bow’s singing—and features Bow performing "There's Only One (Who Matters to Me),"—Paramount released a silent version for foreign markets without any soundtrack at all. Restored by the Library of Congress in 2000, the silent version of True to the Navy was cut from second-camera takes shot for the sound version, but stands surprisingly on its own.

35mm, b/w, 71 min (Silent version), 79 min (Full sound version).

The Wilder Theatre was nearly sold out for the other recent Clara Bow movies so you are encouraged to pre-purchase your $10 tickets online at the below weblink...

Parking is $3 after 6pm at the Hammer Museum and accessible via its Westwood Boulevard vehicle entrance.

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  • Jono

    A last minute, important, work-related dinner obligation will unfortunately prevent me from attending the movie, but it is one of the L.A. Time's most recommended movie showings of the week, so I hope you still attend and enjoy the film. Sorry for any inconvenience--JONO

    January 17, 2013

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