Investigations

Lauste Film Clip

The Case:

A New Jersey man was antiquing in Pennsylvania when he bought a collection of photos, letters and scrapbooks that belonged to a man named Eugene Lauste. The seller said Lauste, a relative, played an important role in early filmmaking. 

Most compelling in this collection was a rolled strip of film with small images on the right and odd zebra stripes on the left. 

In the scrapbook he also found an article from 1928 featuring a photo of a similar film strip with the caption, “The First Talking Picture:  A section of a talking picture made in 1913 by Eugene Lauste.” 

Could this film be a piece of the first talking picture? History Detectives delves into the early world of movie making, consulting with film historians, experts and technicians, to find the answer.


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Aired:
Season 8, Episode 3

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Gwen Wright Location:
Maryland, New Jersey and New York City

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