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Did Americans invent the happy ending?

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 by in film, Frances Marion |

 

This December 1917 editorial seems to think so. And so does Frances Marion in an article years later!

 

Happy Endings Editorial Photoplay Dec 1917 p.1

Editorial Photoplay Dec 1917 p.1

 

'Why Do They Change the Stories on the Screen?' Photoplay March 1926 pp. 38-9, 145

excerpt from ‘Why Do They Change the Stories on the Screen?’ by Frances Marion, Photoplay March 1926 pp. 38-9, 145