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What Happened Next…

1927 THE FIRST ‘TALKIE’ IS RELEASED

Al Jolson shocks and delights the world with the first feature.-length ‘talkie’, featuring a full two minutes of dialogue

At a New York City cinema on 6 October 1927, filmgoers gathered to watch the premiere of a new Hollywood movie, e Jazz Singer. The plot revolved around young Jewish singer Jakie Rabinowitz, torn between his orthodox family and his love of jazz. When Jakie (played by singer Al Jolson) exclaimed, “Wait a minute, wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothing yet”, viewers gasped with surprise and joy. After all, this was the very first motion picture to feature dialogue and spoken word, otherwise known as a ‘talkie’.

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"From raiders to invades: Medievalist Dr Ryan Lavelle tells the story of how the Vikings dropped their hit-and-run tactics and instead banded together to form a Great Heathen Army, eventually conquering a large part of Britain. Also in the issue, find out how a Lancastrian widow came to marry a Yorkist king during the Wars of the Roses, and what happened when a German monk dared to take on the Pope with a 500-anniversary feature on Martin Luther's Reformation. Plus, inside Hitler's last gamble at the Battle of the Bulge, the spy who tried to kill Lenin and the Atomic Age in pictures."

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