In addition to Charlie, others in the clip include Sid Grauman, Norma Talmadge, Conrad Nagel, and Anna May Wong.
The counter covers up the last couple of words in the first title card.
|Back Row: Albin Kesley Schoepf (Dodge Bros. rep.), Douglas Fairbanks & Joseph Schenck, president of UA.|
Front Row: Dolores Del Rio, John Barrymore, CC, D.W. Griffith & Norma Talmadge.
R.F. Woodhull, president of the Motion Picture Theater Owners of America, protested that broadcasting the voices of favorite screen stars during normal show times would sharply reduce attendance. In fact, MGM, Paramount and First National had all been approached by the radio people and had passed on the project. Only Joseph M. Schenck, president of United Artists, was willing to take the risk. In the face of Woodhull's protestations, Schenck could only respond that all the contracts had been signed and the broadcast had to go on.1
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