Record #730

Date:
21/07/1930
Record Type:
Letter
From/By:
Carl E. Milliken
To:
Matson, Better Films Committee (Atlanta)
Reel:
Reel 8
Frame Start:
8-1325
Frame End:
8-1328
Legacy ID:
738
Legacy Year:
1930
Legacy Index:
Influence of screen

Citing Cyril Burt on movies and delinquency: "It is clear that in comparison with the incalculable number of films that are manufactured and released, the offenses resulting are infinitesimally few. The victims are almost wholly those who, temperamentally or otherwise, are already disposed to antisocial conduct; and the cinema can do little more than feed and fan the latent spark. ...

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"... For the others -- the steady and the healthy minded -- the picture house supplies an alternative, not a provocative, to mischievous amusement. I could, I think, cite more than one credible instance where the opening of a picture palace had reduced hooliganism among boys, withdrawn young men from the public house and supplied the girls with a safer substitute for lounging with their friends in the alleys or the parks."

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