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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

December 29, 2009 | 12:00 pm

Dec. 29, 1940, Hedda Hopper

Behind the news of Hollywood divorces (which, statistics prove, are no more numerous than those of any other town in America) behind the lurid news that our people sometimes make while blowing off steam, is the story of a job being done – a job that has great influence on the public that seeks its diversion seven nights a week in movie theaters.

Dec. 29, 1940, Hedda Hopper
Dec. 29, 1940: Hedda Hopper still has good things to say about Charlie Chaplin. “ ‘The Great Dictator’ had faults, but deserved more than faint praise from some critics. It was the greatest work of slapstick Chaplin ever made, and was a cry from the depths of the soul of humankind, through the little man, for a world at peace and a people united for one cause  -- goodwill among men.” Eventually, Hopper will support “good Americans” in boycotting Chaplin’s films.