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Encyclopedia > Theodore Case

Theodore Case (1888 Auburn, New York1944) began working on his sound-on-film process in 1916. 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... Auburn is a city in Cayuga County, New York, United States of America. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Sound-on-film refers to a class of sound film processes where the sound accompanying picture is physically recorded onto photographic film, usually, but not always, the same film strip of film carrying the picture. ...

From 1922 to 1924, Case joined forces with Lee De Forest, working to integrate his system with De Forest's Phonofilm system, which had been patented by DeForest in 1919. However, Case and DeForest had a falling out, shortly after DeForest filed a lawsuit against Freeman Harrison Owens, another inventor working on sound-on-film systems. Lee De Forest patented a three-electrode version of the Audion. ... In 1919, Lee De Forest, inventor of the audion tube, filed his first patent on a sound-on-film process, DeForest Phonofilm, which recorded sound directly onto film as parallel lines. ... Freeman Harrison Owens (July 20, 1890 - December 9, 1979), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the only child of Charles H. Owens and Christabel Harrison. ...

From 1926 to 1927, Case worked with Earl I. Sponable and movie studio boss William Fox to develop the Fox Movietone process. Fox also purchased the rights to the sound film patents of Owens and the U.S. rights to the German Tri-Ergon process. William Fox (born Wilhelm Fuchs in January 1, 1879–May 8, 1952) was the founder of Fox Film Corporation, now 20th Century Fox. ... The Movietone sound system is method of recording sound for moving pictures which guarantees synchronisation between the sound and the picture. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with sound-on-film. ...

Titles filmed by Case in his process include Miss Manila Martin and Her Pet Squirrel (1921), Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925), Bird in a Cage (1923), Gallagher and Shean (1925), Madame Fifi (1925), and Chinese Variety Performer with a Ukelele (1925). Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck is a 1925 short which was an early attempt at using sound in film making. ... Sheet Music to Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean Gallagher & Shean was a highly successful double-act on Vaudeville and Broadway in the 1910s and 1920s, consisting of Edward Gallagher (1873 - March 28, 1929) and Al Shean (real name Albert Schoenberg) (May 12, 1868 - August 12, 1949). ...

See also

1902 poster advertising Gaumonts sound films, depicting an optimistically vast auditorium A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. ... Joseph Tykociński-Tykociner (October 5, 1877 – June 11, 1969) was a Polish engineer and a pioneer of sound-on-film technology. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Movietone sound system is method of recording sound for moving pictures which guarantees synchronisation between the sound and the picture. ...

External link

  • List of early sound films including Case-Sponable films
  • Theodore Case Labs Historic Site in Auburn, New York



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