Belasco Says Talkies Doomed, Stage Future Bright

The talking picture is on its last legs, the public having become tired of it, and a revival of interest in the silent films and legitimate theatres may soon be expected. This was the statement made here yesterday by David Belasco, famous American-Jewish playwright and theatrical producer, in an interview given on the occasion of his seventy-seventh birthday.

“As the public is turning away from the talking pictures, it is ready to turn toward the silent picture again,” declared Mr. Belasco, “and it is also ready for a great revival of the legitimate stage. I regard the future of the legitimate stage as extremely bright. I have been in the business a great many years, and every year I have heard the same talk that the stage is going to the bow-wows, but the fact is that a good play will command as much patronage today as it ever did, or more.”

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