Talking pictures : how they are made, how to appreciate them (c. 1937)

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4 DREAMS WANTED Have you ever awakened in the night, thrilled over some marvelous dream which came to you in your sleep, enthralled by its drama and its promise of riches and glory? Of course you have. When we were very young, about the time when we still believed in Santa Claus, we looked forward hopefully to a repetition of the same dream; and then again the same dream on a third night. For, says an old legend, if we dream the same dream three times, it will come true. Back of our delight in dramatic dreams is man's age- old desire to leave his immediate environment, if only for a few moments, to mingle vicariously with people doing unusual, exciting, and thrilling things. Motion pictures are not unlike these dreams. They afford an escape from a possibly drab or monotonous environ- ment. They serve as a magic carpet which transports us from commonplace realities to a realm of romance and imagination. They bring foreign lands and customs into our lives, take us back into the colorful past, and lead us into the future. We smiled tolerantly because Woodrow Wilson, col- lege president and War Executive of our nation, loved vaudeville jugglers and "penny-dreadful" detective and mystery stories. Indulgence in these things in no man- [35]