The Love Trap (1929) + Vitaphone Shorts!

In a shocking turn of events, The Silent Treatment presents the mellifluous tones of spoken dialogue! “Goat-glanders” (silents with inserted talkie sequences) were all the rage in-between 1927’s The Jazz Singer and the talkie era — and 1929’s The Love Trap is not only one of the best of this rare breed, but it’s also the most intriguing, as it’s fully bi-sected into a silent first half and a talkie second half. Directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler (Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday), the film stars the charming Laura La Plante (a kind of cross between Lucille Ball and Tina Fey) as a bright-eyed dancer who is fired from her chorus line job, cornered by a sly womanizer and evicted from her apartment, all in a single day. Fate leads her into the arms of a loving, warm-blooded blue blood, but his uptight family’s got something to say about the matter! The light comedy on display here is utterly effervescent and effortless, making the dramatic mid-film transition to sound even more effective, as Wyler brilliantly switches things up during a pivotal heavy plot twist. Our show opens with three Vitaphone late-‘20s musical soundie shorts: Norman Thomas Quintette in Harlem-Mania (1929), The Ham What I Am (1928) & The Ingenues, The Band Beautiful (1928)!
The Love Trap Dir. William Wyler, 1929, 35mm, 71 min.
Norman Thomas Quintette in Harlem-Mania Dir. Murray Roth, 1929, 35mm, 8 min.
The Ham What I Am 1928, 35mm, 8 min.
The Ingenues, The Band Beautiful 1928, 35mm, 9 min.

All 35mm prints courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive!

Watch excerpts from William Wyler’s “The Love Trap”!
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