Posted by ESC on February 08, 2003
In Reply to: Hijinks Ensue posted by S. Ryan on February 07, 2003
: : I know it's a long-shot, but if
any one has an idea as to the original source of this classic critical dismissal,
I'd much appreciate it.
: If you mean "high jinks," as loud, boisterous
behavior, then it would follow...
: Hijinks Ensue/ Let the party begin/ Let the good times roll!
This is a guess. Maybe it was used during silent movies like the following: "Subtitles. Silent films required some dialogue or explanatory words, which beginning around 1907, appeared on separate frames at appropriate places in the story. These were called captions until around 1913, then were called 'screen titles' or 'subtitles.'.Before 1913 they were not even written for individual movies but were often taken from a limited supply of stock rolls, so that certain subtitles were used over and over as, 'That night,' 'A year has passed,' and 'Wedding bells.' At least two of these stock subtitles from silent films entered the general language as cliches and are still in use: 'Comes the dawn' (originally written to be used literally) and 'Meanwhile, back at the ranch'.The nickelodeon could also use such stock frames to make announcements to the audience, the best-remembered such line, thrown upon the screen before the movie started, being: 'Ladies, we like your hats, but please remove them, with the men being advised: 'You would not spit on the floor at home. Do not do it here.'" From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982):