New York theater critic Howard Barnes contributed some bitter-sweet words about the earthquake that was taking place within the entertainment industry called "Talkies". Ultimately he believed that there was a future for sound movies, but as of 1931, the momentum was still on the stage insofar as genuine, thought-provoking entertainment was concerned. Nonetheless, he recognized that Talkies were changing everything in Hollywood:
"To a regular cinemagoer in the era of silent films, attendance at the motion-picture playhouse today is a continuously disturbing experience...The discovery that the shadowy images of the screen could be made articulate was as fruitful for exploitation to the captains of the cinema industry as was the realization that women would wear long skirts to the couturiers. ...Paramount alone has already announced 243 releases for next season, double the number issued this year, and other companies are following suit."
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Attached are excerpts clipped from a few British papers condemning all efforts made to produce the earliest talking pictures; one snide reviewer went so far as to insist that rather than calling the films "talkies", they should be referred to as "dummies":
"The majority of films in the future will be made stupidly for stupid people, just has been the case with the silent movies for twenty years...It is possible that a few talking pictures of an interesting, experimental sort will be made to be shown before superior audiences in the small and special cinemas which are beginning to be built in the larger American cities."
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