Our Movie Made Children

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CHAPTER III
WHAT DO THEY SEE?

"LET'S go to the movies."

"All right, let's. What shall we see?"

"I don't know, but there's a new show at the Palace and the poster is a honey."

Jack, schoolmate and friend of your daughter Joan, has come on pleasure bent. They are not exactly sure what they are going to see at the movies, because titles are so numerous as to be confusing. But Jack has seen what he calls a honey of a poster, which is almost certain to be a highly colored lithograph of a man embracing and kissing a girl. As to what the movie is about, neither of the children has any clear notion, but the chances are seventy-five in a hundred that it will deal with love, sex or crime.

Both Jack and Joan are lovely children, for are they not yours and your neighbors? You want them to enjoy themselves, and doubtless they will enjoy themselves, but there may be just a faint uneasiness in your mind. Those movies! You cannot help wondering whether they are wholly good or wholly profitable for the young people. Of course, you yourself go to the movies, but then you are a mature adult and understand that much of the stuff is just so much hokum. It is different with the children, so eager and so naïve, so inexperienced in life.

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