Effects Of Entertainment In The 1920s

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The 1920’s saw a big boom in the entertainment industry. After World War 1 many Americans had money to blow and turned to entertainment as a way to spend their extra cash. Music, movies, radios, plays, and sports all became popular forms of mass entertainment during this time period. Music was a big part of the Roaring Twenties. In fact, the Roaring Twenties is also known as the Jazz Age. Jazz became big after New Orleans closed its ports and most musicians had to move north to find work. Cities most affected by this move were Chicago and New York. The spread of Jazz caused many different styles such as Chicago Jazz and Urban Blues. For entertainment, people in this time period would go to Speakeasy’s, underground clubs, where people would …show more content…
Early silent films were accompanied by a live piano or an organ. Although it has been attempted beforehand, a synchronized sound track didn’t occur until 1923, but did not take off until 1927, when Warner Brothers released “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Joleson. Other people who starred in these films, such as Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, were very popular and fans would gather in cities from all around the work to greet these stars when they toured. During the late 1890s the film industry was based in New York, but by the 1920s, the industry had relocated to Hollywood, because of its cheap land and labor, the accessible scenery, and suitable climate ideal for the year-round filming. Each year Hollywood would release about 700 movies, dominating worldwide film production. A small group of companies such as Paramount and 20th Century Fox, dominated over the film industry. These companies owned their own production facilities, controlled theater chains committed to showing the companies’ movies, and even kept actors, directors, and screenwriters under contract. Soon after, the popularity of movie attendance soared from “50 million a week in 1920 to 90 million a week in 1924.” (Digital History) New film genre’s debuted, including adventures, sex comedies, and tales of the flaming youth. Popular actors of this time were Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Rudolph …show more content…
Popular sports like boxing, baseball, and football were big sources of family entertainment. Team sports flourished, however Americans focused more on the individual stars. During this time, boxing was practically owned by Jack Dempsey. In 1921, Dempsey headlined the first million dollar gate at a sporting event, when defending his Word Title against George Carpentier. (Vintage Hollywood) In football, Harold “Red” Grange, also known as the “Galloping Ghost”, played halfback for the University of Illinois. In 1925, he attracted 68,000 fans to a game in Brooklyn. However, baseball drew even bigger crowds than football. Babe Ruth emerged during this time period as the most gifted and popular players of all time. His popularity and talent scored him various nicknames such as “The Great Bambino” and the “Sultan of Swat.” Other stars emerged in sports such as horse racing, tennis, and swimming but were not as popular. Helen Wills, a seventeen year old tennis player, was one of the first female sports stars. She was nicknamed “Little Miss Poker Face” because of the business-like way she played the sport. Also, Gertrude Ederle swam across the English Channel in 1926 becoming the first woman to do

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