Category Archives: Reports and studies

Homestead

Source: Margaret Frances Byington, Homestead: The Households of a Mill Town [The Pittsburgh Survey vol. 4] (New York: Charities Publication Committee, 1910), pp. 110-112 Text: Practically the only public amusements in Homestead, during my stay there, were the nickelodeons and … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 112-113 Text: AGE: 21 SEX: M OCCUPATION: CLERK NATIONALITY: BRITISH FATHER’S OCCUPATION: BACON CURER I shall always remember my first important visit to the cinema. … Continue reading

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Comparison between Theatres and Films

Source: H.G., quoted in J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 113-114 Text: I do not know wether [sic] I am to be considered lucky that I happened to have a wireless on … Continue reading

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Movies and Conduct

Source: ‘Female, 22, white, college senior’, quoted in Herbert Blumer, Movies and Conduct (New York: Macmillan, 1933), pp. 180-181 Text: The pictures of the South that were in my mind were those given by Harriet B. Stowe. D.W. Griffith’s production, … Continue reading

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Newsreels

Source: Extract from Len England, Mass-Observation File Report 215: Newsreels (June), 19 June 1940, reproduced from http://bufvc.ac.uk/wp-content/media/2009/06/mo_report_215.pdf. Original file report held at Mass-Observation Archive, University of Sussex Text: Mention was made in the last report of the horrifying effect that … Continue reading

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Mass-Observation at the Movies

Source: May Crawshaw, quoted in Jeffrey Richards and Dorothy Sheridan (eds.), Mass-Observation at the Movies (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987), p. 128 Text: May Crawshaw (Mrs.), 14 Heaton Avenue (aged 40), regular cinema-goer (4 times a month), preference … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 57-59 Text: AGE: 19; SEX: F.; FATHER: HEAD CLERK, SOLICITORS MANAGING CLERK; OCCUPATION: STUDENT NURSE; NATIONALITY: BRITISH I have been considering answering your request for … Continue reading

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Sociology of Film

Source: M.B., quoted in J.P. Mayer, Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents (London: Faber and Faber, 1946), pp. 119-120 Text: My Criticism of Films On the whole I like most films. I like the films adapted from Conan-Doyle[‘]s books. They … Continue reading

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The attitude of high school students toward motion pictures

Source: Clarence Arthur Perry, The attitude of high school students toward motion pictures (New York: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, 1923), pp. 41-44 Text: Slapstick or vulgar: I do not like the vulgar comedies that are sometimes shown. … Continue reading

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Movies and Conduct

Source: ‘Female, 20, white, college sophomore’, quoted in Herbert Blumer, Movies and Conduct (New York: Macmillan, 1933), p. 136 Text: The first film plot which ever made an impression on me was “Reaching for the Moon,” which starred Douglas Fairbanks. … Continue reading

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