In the late 1920s hollywoods conversion from silent to synchronized sound film production not only instigated the convergence of the film and music industries but also gave rise to an extraordinary period of song use in american cinema this book considers how the increasing interdependence of hollywood studios and tin pan alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative . Saying it with songs considers how the increasing interdependence of hollywood studios and tin pan alley music publishing firms influenced the commercial and narrative functions of popular songs while most scholarship on film music of the period focuses on adaptations of broadway musicals this book examines the functions of songs in a variety of non musical genres including melodramas . Download citation isaying it with songs popular music and the coming of sound to hollywood cinema by katherine spring new york oxford university press 2013 229 pp isbn 978 0 199 84222 3 . Hello ma baby is a tin pan alley song written in 1899 by the songwriting team of joseph e howard and ida emerson known as howard and emerson its subject is a man who has a girlfriend he knows only through the telephoneat the time telephones were relatively novel present in fewer than 10 of us households and this was the first well known song to refer to the device. Plot maria as a novice is sent as a governess to work at von trapps mr von trapp is a handsome widower with a countless number of children as expected the two fall in love and get married until the war forces the family to emigrate to switzerland this movie is directed very well its touching and rhetorical and rodgers music has no equal
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