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Entry from March 07, 2017
“Why should people see bad pictures when they can stay at home and see bad television?”

Jewish Polish American film producer. Samuel Goldwyn, talking about about television’s threat to movies, said at a panel discussion at Denver University in September 1950:

“Why should people go see bad pictures, when they can stay at home and see bad television?”

The quote (often in slightly different forms) has been printed on many images.


Wikipedia: Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn (born Szmuel Gelbfisz (Yiddish: שמואל געלבפֿיש‎); August 17, 1879 – January 31, 1974), also known as Samuel Goldfish, was a Jewish Polish American film producer. He was most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood. His awards include the 1973 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1947, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1958.

28 September 1950, Morning World-Herald (Omaha, NE), pg. 1, col. 4:
‘TV May Bring End to Double Features’
Denver, Colo. (AP)—Movie Producer Samuel Goldwyn said Wednesday that television may force an end to double features in theaters.

Speaking at a panel discussion at Denver University, Mr. Goldwyn predicted the more than four hundred movies produced in Hollywood annually will be reduced to 150.

“Why should people go see bad pictures, when they can stay at home and see bad television?” he said.

28 September 1950, The News (Frederick, MD), “Video Versus Movies” (AP), pg. 8, cols. 4-5:
“Why should people go out and see bad pictures, when they can stay at home and see bad televisions?” he said.

Google Books
The Search for Sam Goldwyn
By Carol Easton
New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
1975
Pg. ?:
Goldwyn asked the rhetorical question: “Who wants to go out and see a bad movie when they can stay at home and see a bad one free on television?”

Google Books
The Book of Hollywood Quotes
By Gary Herman
London: Omnibus Press
1979
Pg. 99:
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing.
Sam Goldwyn, 1956

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2004
Pg. ?:
Why should people go out and pay to see bad movies when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
SAM GOLDWYN

Twitter
Erick Opeka‏
@ErickOpeka
“Why should people go out and see bad pictures when they can stay at home and see them for nothing?” - Sam Goldwyn
10:00 AM - 9 Sep 2012

Google Books
The Official Rules:
5,427 Laws, Principles, and Axioms to Help You Cope with Crises, Deadlines, Bad Luck, Rude Behavior, Red Tape, and Attacks by Inanimate Objects

By Paul Dickson
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
2013
Pg. 130:
Who wants to go out and see a bad movie when they can stay at home and see a bad one free on TV?
(Attributed to Samuel Goldwyn; various sources.)

Twitter
Леони́д‏
@_LeonidK
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for noting? ~ Samuel Goldwyn
9:45 AM - 5 Oct 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 • Permalink