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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," Silents on the Islands, Way Back When: SB in 1924


Image: Intertitle from "The Primitive Lover" (1922)

Movies – a bad influence?


The movies were having a bad in­fluence on written communication, ac­cording to an opinion piece in the local paper penned by Santa Barbara, California writer Sarah Redington in January 1917.


"I wish to go on re­cord with the statement that the mov­ies have ruined the gentle art of letter writing. How in the world will the ris­ing generation (boys and girls who get all their ideas of life from the doings of film favorites) have any opportunity of learning how to keep up a friendly correspondence? . . . When it comes to the writing on the screen, the shorter the better, is the rule . . . Why write real letters when our film favorites get on perfectly well by writing telegraphese? . . . Let us not allow the movies to kill correspondence."


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