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Fox Movietone Follies of 1929

date 1929
by David Butler, director
medium Publicity Still

At the end of the 1920s, in order to take advantage of newly-available sound technology, Hollywood studios began creating star-studded entertainment spectacle films. The movies were filled with popular musical numbers and elaborate dance sequences, often at the cost of plot. These musicals also featured their fair share of sexy costumes, and women’s bare legs often were emphasized. This publicity still for Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 takes the focus on women’s legs to the extreme, literally blocking out the performers’ upper halves. Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 includes the song "The Breakaway," which inspired its own dance craze.