OTHER PHYSICAL EFFECTS
A TRAINED nurse, whose function it was to open and put in operation children's play-rooms and first-aid rooms in a chain of motion picture theatres in a large mid- western city during a period of two and a half years, describes in a statement of her experience some of the curious movie habits of certain present-day mothers. Some mothers, she declares, would take extremely young children with them into the motion picture theatre. When a child became nervous or tired, the mother would send it to the play-room, where, in extreme cases, it remained for as long as nine hours at a stretch. She recalled cases of children left until one in the morning. That play-room became a sort of parking-place for the children of careless mothers bent upon shopping, bridge- playing, or other errands. The movie house, especially the neighborhood theatre, is frequently so used. However undesirable the lot of these children, they were still in better case than some of the infants compelled by their unintelligent mothers to remain in their seats and watch the unfolding of the screen play.
"A very bright, sensitive girl named Gloria," recounts Mrs. R., the trained nurse, "three years old, frequently got so wrought up and hysterical that it required an hour and a half to quiet her. Gloria's mother was trying
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Publication information: Book title: Our Movie Made Children. Contributors: Henry James Forman - Author. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1934. Page number: 90.
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