Posted by S. on February 09, 2003
In Reply to: Hijinks Ensue posted by ESC on February 08, 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.
: : Thanks.
: : 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 " Thanks; I bet you're right.
Thanks; I bet you're right.