Fragment #19: How to Sleep Through a Movie

One of the received wisdoms about the early talkie period (the late 1920s), is that although audiences lapped them up, movie aficionados bemoaned the loss of the elegant, silent cinema, and the clumsy obviousness of the talking pictures. Neatly parodying both sides of the debate is this little item from the May 1929 issue of Photoplay, which reassures readers that the talkies won’t necessarily keep you awake, proving that “the motion picture theatre is still safe for those seeking rest and surcease from the horrors and perplexities of this naughty world.” [Click on the images for a larger view.]


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