The French critics thought it was characteristic of American films of the 1930s or 1940s; however, it was mostly characteristic of cheaper American movies, such as Charlie Chan mysteries where people collected in front of a fireplace or at the foot of the stairs in order to explain what happened a few minutes ago.
Howard Hawks legitimized this style in his films, allowing characters to act, even when not talking, when most of the audience would not be paying attention. It became his trademark style.
Woman says she's Thurmond's mixed-race daughter; 78-year-old retired school teacher is coming forward at the urging of her children
Dec 14, 2003; LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 78-year-old retired schoolteacher is coming forward after years of silence to claim she is the illegitimate...