Here is a priceless description of how a motion-picture spectacle was presented in 1912: with a lecture explaining the action, an orchestra (of six or eight pieces), and a sound-effects man who has to be warned to keep it subtle.
From Moving Picture World, 1912
From a magazine published by the leading scenarist’s training school. Bebe Daniels is best remembered in America as the slightly superannuated Broadway star Dorothy Brock in Forty-Second Street, but she was known at the time of this article for her comic roles in Harold Lloyd films. She later became a well-known writer and producer. She was, in other words, the type of young woman who was perfectly capable of quoting Whitman, and she probably wrote this article herself without the benefit of a ghost writer.
From The Photodramatist, July, 1921.
This evidence would have saved Mr. Arbuckle a lot of trouble if it had been admissible in court.
From Screenland, December, 1901[/i].
Movie fan magazines kept their readers entertained in the long dull hours away from the cinema with short-story treatments of photoplays. Often the photoplay itself came from a short story, but the readers were interested in the story as they had seen it on the screen, not as the original author had written it.
From Photo-Play Journal, 1921