Almost eighty years ago, Paramount released 'Applause' starring Helen Morgan. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian this film proved to be more than I expected for such an early musical and talkie. Admittedly, the acting is a bit weak in some scenes but after all, it is a very early talkie. The thing that surprised me was the innovative filming techniques such as shadows a la noir and varying depth of field focus and camera angles not often seen in 1929 films.
The copy of the film which runs for 80 minutes is in quite good quality in the version I saw and certainly is worth the watch and Helen Morgan is too.