The early "talkie" movies had the movie soundtrack pressed on to 16" diameter records that were played at 33 1/3 rpm on a turntable that was synchronized with the film projector. Each side has the soundtrack for one reel.

Below are pictures of the soundtrack discs for the 1929 movie "NEW ORLEANS". This movie did not see wide distribution and these discs are quite rare, especially as a complete set. The movie was originally released June 2, 1929, however, Victor dubbed these sound tracks from the film on June 20-21, 1929. Probably the initial release was to a select few theaters with the newer sound equipment that could play sound-on-film, then was prepared for distribution to theaters with the older equipment to play sound-on-disc.

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THESE DISCS - More extensive research has revealed that this may be the only known disc soundtrack for this movie in existence! The online ENCYCLOPEDIC DISCOGRAPHY OF VICTOR RECORDINGS information about this group was incorrect, stating there is no dialog for reels 7 & 8 when there actually is. After I sent recordings of these discs to them, they corrected their information. Glad these are now available to clear this up.

These discs are 16 inches in diameter and are center start. This was an 8 reel movie and ran for 68 minutes. The 4 discs contain the following soundtracks:
Disc 1 - Reels 1 & 3
Disc 2 - Reels 2 & 4
Disc 3 - Reels 5 & 7
Disc 4 - Reels 6 & 8

Except for the song PALS FOREVER in reel 2, there isn't much dialog until reel 7. Seems 'Billy' was a jockey and somehow injured himself and shouldn't have ridden in the big race, but he did anyway. His ex-friend Morley had his chippy wife take $3000 from the company safe to bet on Billy's nag. Not sure if she actually did make the bet, but Billy won and also was terribly injured with a cracked skull in a fall from the horse after the race. Is he going to live???

In the meantime, Morley gets busted for stealing the $3000 from the company safe. Next scene is 6 months later. The chippy wife is canoodling with her new boyfriend. Morley gets out of jail and Billy is OK and there to meet him, once again BFF. Billy takes Morley home and they catch chippy with her boyfriend. Apparently, she has been living the high life these last 6 months while Morley was in jail with the money from the safe and possibly the winnings from the horse race. Chippy's boyfriend skidaddles and she gets booted out of the house and the 2 BFF walk happily into the sunset looking for some new girlfriends.

Reels 1 thru 6 have only music, sound effects like doors closing, trains, horses galloping, crowd noise, and a few guttural utterances. The song Pals Forever is sung by a noticeably inebriated quartet in the 2nd reel. You can view the known details of this movie at the IMDb web page HERE.

You can listen to the song PALS FOREVER from the reel 2 soundtrack HERE.


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