Polly of the Pre-Codes

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  1. Silent Film Ideas

    Yesterday I rewatched Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother (1927). A number of family groups turned out to see it. Afterwards I was talking to the theater programmer, who talked about recognizing various gags from Scooby Doo and other animated series. This might be a useful angle to attract modern audiences.
  2. Mid-Atlantic accent

    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/06/that-weirdo-announcer-voice-accent-where-it-came-from-and-why-it-went-away/395141/ This article surveys the rise and fall of the "Mid-Atlantic" accent. Most people encounter it these days in films from the 1930s to the 1950s (often by actors who had started on the stage), but it seems to have been associated with broader concepts of status and prestige.
  3. HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    Next on Turner Crass-n-Sick Movies. Followed by James Cagney in White Meat..."I did 'em, Ma! Top of the world!"

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