In fact, the idea of lip-syncing predates modern sync sound. In France, an entire series of films was released wherein the company would synchronize the camera to a store-bought cylinder recording and actors would lip-sync to the playback. Before amplification, obviously these films were few and far between, but set the precedent for on-set playback.
From: Bob Olhsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:33:55 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Recording Innovations
> -----Original Message-----
> From Anthony Baldwin:
> ... And it would be interesting to establish how many of these
> supposed "Hollywood" developments were kick-started by the
> early-1930s technical and artistic diaspora from Berlin studios such
> as UFA, where, say, lip-synching to a backing track for musical
> numbers was fully in place by 1931.
It was already happening in Hollywood during the late '20s.