Book Review – Marquee Magazine
It’s about as far away from Hollywood as you can get, both geographically and philosophically, but Tinseltown owes a great debt to Auburn, New York, nonetheless. It was here, in the unlikeliest of places, that Theodore W. Case invented the process of putting sound on film, and forever changed the moviegoing experience.
The story of Theodore Case is obscure to all but the most avid film buffs. From his days at Yale, Case had a fascination with light and sound waves. Using his sharply inquisitive mind, and working out of a backyard greenhouse that he converted into a laboratory, Case unlocked the mystery of synchronizing sound and motion into one remarkable process.
Sadly, his logical inventor’s mind never imagined the devious lengths movie moguls would go to in order to deprive him of the process and the credit for this monumental discovery. To this day, many people still believe that the Fox Corporation invented the process of sound on film, indeed winning a special Academy Award for their “discovery”.
Thanks to Luke and Toni Colella, there is now solid, documented, accurate printed information to set the record straight and give Theodore W. Case his due. The book will delight anyone with a genuine interest in movies, inventions or underdogs. It is well worth the read and a must-have addition to any movie lover’s library.
The rest of the review can be found in: Marquee Magazine Volume 36 No.1