The Film Music Museum

Silent films adapted with sound

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In this list are Silent Films which were re-released, due to initial success or later appriciation, as sound films. The list will name only the films that had theatrical release at least in one country.

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Films that were filmed simultaniusly as both Sound Films and Silents, adaptations not released Theatricaly, Silent films made in their original release with Synchronized music, films that had a considerable amount of non-original footage added or re-shot.

List of Films: 23

Name Release date Original name Original release date Notes
The King of Kings June / July 1928 The king of Kings 19/04/1927 Featured synchronized music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Quo Vadis? 1929 Quo Vadis? 15/02/1925 -
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1929 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 02/09/1923 Music by Sam Perry
Panzerkreuzer Potemkin 12/08/1930 Броненосец Потёмкин 29/04/1926 Adaptation of the Russian film was made in Germany by Phil Jutzi. It had synchronized music by Edmud Meisel, as well as sound effects and spoken dialogs.
Die kleine Schraube 12/08/1930 Винтик-Шпинтик 1927 This sound adaptation, made in Germany, was to accompany the premiere of the sound adaptation of "Battelship Potemkin". It inncluded music and a song (Also lyrics?) by Meisel.
Two Fisted Jefferson 01/09/1930 Two Fisted Jefferson 14/01/1922 Featured synchronized music and sound effects.
Die zwölfte Stunde. Eine Nacht des Grauens 1930 Nosferatu. Eine Symphonie des Grauens 15/03/1922 Clasification: 14/11/1930. Two adaptation were made by Waldemar Ronger. Both had synchronized music by Georg Fiebiger, but only one of the two also had spoken dialog. Had one additional newly shot scene.
The Birth of a Nation 18/12/1930 The Birth of a Nation 08/02/1915 Featured synchronized music and sound effects. Was added with a newly filmed introduction by D. W. Griffith.
Cabiria 1931 Cabiria 18/04/1914 -
Way down East 13/03/1931 Way down East 03/09/1920 -
Ben-Hur 01/12/1931 Ben-Hur 30/12/1925 Synchronized music and sound effects
Siegfrieds Tod 06/01/1933 Die Nibelungen, I. Teil: Siegfried 14/02/1924 Adaptation was made by Dr. Franz B. Biermann. It had synchronized music by Gottfried Huppertz (in most parts), and a spoken introduction.
Der Kampf ums Matterhorn 1934 Der Kampf ums Matterhorn 27/11/1928 -
Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü 23/12/1935 Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü 11/10/1929 Music by Giuseppe Becce
Tillie’s Punctured Romance 1938 Tillie’s Punctured Romance 14/11/1914 Music by Edward Kilenyi
The Sheik 06/1938 The Sheik 30/10/1921 With music by James C. Bradfordand, as well as sound effects
Tumbleweeds 1939 Tumbleweeds 20/12/1925 Included an 8-minute introduction by the film's leading actor William S. Hart. Music by James C. Bradford, conducted by Artur Guttmann
The Gold rush 18/04/1942 The Gold rush 26/06/1925 Music by Charles Chaplin, part original part compilation. Contains spoken narration by Chaplin throughout the film.
The Eagle 1949 The Eagle 08/11/1925 Music by Michael Hoffman
The Circus 03/05/1969 The Circus 06/01/1928 Music by Charles Chaplin. Contains a song by Chaplin, who also sings it, at the beginning of the film.
Metropolis 05/08/1984 Metropolis 10/01/1927 Synchronized Music and songs by Giorgio Moroder. Was added with some visual effects, and sequences of still-photographs.
Metropolis 12/07/2002 Metropolis 10/01/1927 Was synchronized with Gottfried Huppertz' original music.
Metropolis 07/05/2010 Metropolis 10/01/1927 Was synchronized with Gottfried Huppertz' original music as recorded live during premiere screening of the newly restored version on 12/02/2010.
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Last update: 08/09/09