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The Big Screen: The History Of Movie Musicals

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The first feature-length film of the sound era was 1927’s “The Jazz Singer.” And ever since, Hollywood has produced a steady stream of musicals. This week, we talk with SMU film professor Sean Griffin about the evolving definition of what constitutes a musical film. His new book is called “Free and Easy?: A Defining History of the American Film Musical Genre” (Wiley-Blackwell).


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