Record #2131

Date:
23/08/1929
Record Type:
Memo
From/By:
Carl E. Milliken
To:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Reel:
Reel 7
Frame Start:
7-0652
Legacy ID:
2143
Legacy Year:
1929
Legacy Index:
Influence of screen - good

Reporting Arthur Brisbane news item suggesting that talkies will influence the way people speak, in imitation of movie stars.

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"What will talking pictures do for us? Everybody knows what silent pictures have done for human faces and clothing. Arabs of the desert go to the movies and buy American ready-made clothes. Young women from twelve years up imitate Miss Pickford's curls, or Miss Garbo's X-ray gazing.Will talking pictures develop good voices and cause adaptation of correct speech? Millions that have seen silent pictures every day endeavor to look like their screen heroes and heroines. Will they now try to SOUND like them!It is not possible to exaggerate the effect that talking pictures will have upon the speech of the nation.

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