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Reviewing Reviewing The Fan Mags

Jeffers McDonald, Tamar E. L. (2016) Reviewing Reviewing The Fan Mags. Film History, 28 (4). pp. 29-57. ISSN 0892-2160. (doi:10.2979/filmhistory.28.4.02)

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On 2 June 1933 trade daily The Hollywood Reporter announced it was inaugurating a new column, “Reviewing The Fan Mags”. The section appeared 65 times over the next 12 months, eventually surveying 145 magazine issues. The column then ceased as suddenly as it had begun, this time without fanfare. In beginning the section as a new service for readers, the editor, W. R. Wilkerson, had attested that fan magazines were important to the film business. What happened in that year, then, to make Wilkerson decide to abandon the coverage of the movie magazine contents, and ostensibly reverse his views about their utility? This article first examines the contexts, contents, and style of the “Reviewing the Fan Mags” section, before moving to consider the circumstances around its cancellation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2979/filmhistory.28.4.02
Uncontrolled keywords: Fan magazines; trade papers; Hollywood; Production Code; gossip.
Subjects: E History America
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Tamar Jeffers McDonald
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 14:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:06 UTC
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