Motion Picture Magazine

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Motion Picture Magazine
Motion-picture-story-01.jpg
Front cover of the first issue of The Motion Picture Story Magazine (February 1911)
Categories Fan magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher M. P. Publishing Company, Inc.
Year founded 1911
Final issue 1977
Country United States
Language English

Motion Picture was an American monthly fan magazine about film, published from 1911 to 1977.[1] It was the first fan magazine. It was later published by Macfadden Publications.

History and profile[edit]

A magazine founded by Vitagraph Studios founder J. Stuart Blackton and partner Eugene V. Brewster, its original title was The Motion Picture Story Magazine.[2]

The magazine was very successful from its inception, with an initial run of 50,000 copies and a circulation of 200,000 by 1914. Writers were amazed at the outset to receive their checks for contributions almost immediately on acceptance, a policy on the part of Brewster that was effective in quickly inducing the highest grade fiction authors to become affiliated with the publication. Contributors included Rex Beach, Will Carleton and Horatio C. King.[3]

The magazine's most successful column was entitled "The Answer Man" (written by a woman) that answered readers' questions about the film world. This was an innovation, the first of its kind in journalism.[3]

In 1914, it was renamed Motion Picture Magazine. Early editions included fiction and information on how to get involved in film production. The magazine shifted to a focus on celebrities and attracted a larger female readership. In 1919, the circulation jumped from 248,845 to 400,000.[4]

Its sister publication Motion Picture Classic, which was started as its supplement,[5] was published monthly from September 1925 to March 1931. In 1941, the magazine merged with Hollywood Magazine and Screen Life.

The final issue was published in 1977.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuller, Kathryn H. “Motion Picture Story Magazine and the Gendered Construction of the Movie Fan.” At the Picture Show: Small-Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture. Smithsonian Institution: Washington, 1996. pp. 133-149.
  2. ^ "Motion Picture Magazine". The Online Books Page. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Robert Grau (1914) The Theatre of Science: A Volume of Progress and Achievement in the Motion Picture Industry, Broadway Publishing Company, New York
  4. ^ Bordwell, David (1985). The Classic Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, p. 99. Columbia University Press ISBN 978-0-231-06055-4
  5. ^ Heather Addison (2003). Hollywood and the Rise of Physical Culture. Psychology Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-415-94676-6. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 

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