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AndyM108 posted a topic in General DiscussionsI just watched the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking, and the arch-villain Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) makes the (correct) observation that the smoking boom in the 1910's and 1920's had three primary causes: 1. World War I, where the free cigarettes shipped to soldiers created a whole new generation of youngish male smokers 2. Dieting, where George Washington Hill's "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet" campaign scared a whole generation of women into substituting smokes for bon bons. 3. Movies, where cigarettes in the hands of gangsters and society swells alike cemented the idea that Smoking Is Cool and Smoking Is Sophisticated into the minds of millions of moviegoers. That last point, though, got me to thinking, and I'm throwing this question out to the Forum: Were there ANY prominent leading actors or actresses in the first 30-odd years of sound films who you'd NEVER see smoking? I'm scratching my head, and about the only one I can think of, and even there I'm not 100% sure, was James Cagney. Any others that anyone can think of?