Give It The Ol' Goat Gland Job.
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referred to a completed silent film in which one or more talking sequences/musical numbers were added in an attempt to make the film more marketable to talkie-crazed filmgoers.Hollywood's Defensive Strategies - Remakes and “Goat Glands"
One expedient for making a sound film was to recycle former silent box-office hits as newly made talkies. Warner Bros. redid THE GREEN GODDESS (1930) and THE GOLD DIGGERS (as GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY, 1929). First National’s successes THE ISLE OF LOST SHIPS (1929) was revived as a sound remake. Paramount chose GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE. REDEMPTION (1930) and ANNA CHRISTIE (1930) raised Irving Thalberg’s hope for second-time success at MGM. Universal joined the remake bandwagon with a new version of the studio’s all-time top moneymaker, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1930). For this film, members of the cast of the 1925 original reassembled, including Mary Philbin. Lon Chaney refused to participate because he was holding out for a huge speaking bonus at MGM; it is unlikely that Thalberg would have lent him to Universal anyway. In order to be able to reuse Chaney’s performance, the studio interpolated new dialogue footage into the old silent film.