One of the joys of early talkies comes in witnessing film artists make up the rules of how big-screen dialogue ought to sound. Often alternating between the stagy, the realistically offhand, and the downright empty, American movies of this period are overflowing with the pleasure of a tradition being invented right in front of one's eyes. Although this 1932 valentine to the misshapen is best remembered for its images (and best known as a "horror movie"), it's the spoken word that stands out most these days.... More >>>