Cinema: Newsreel, Aug. 30, 1954

¶ Eight members of New York's Joint Legislative Committee on Problems of the Aging reported last week that Hollywood is the "archfoe" of the elderly. Reason: movies portray old age as "a trap, a pit, a hopeless end,'' and glorify "teenage super-beauties as the American ideal." Objectionable oldster types, according to State Senator Thomas C. Desmond, 63: Lionel Barrymore (as a cantankerous oldster), Billy Burke (as a rattlebrain). Objectionable youngster types, "the type of youth glorification that makes it difficult for older women to find a useful, happy place in modern life": Lana...

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