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The double feature

Photo caption: High, Wide and Handsome, a Paramount feature made in 1937 starring Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott, show the confined space of a movie set and the magic created by a few props and careful lighting.

Hollywood reacted to the economic pressures of the Depression with the double feature - a trend that persisted for many years and resurfaces occasionally today as a nostalgic “gimmick.“ Two pictures for the price of one became standard in almost all movie houses in North America during the late ‘30s.  IA projectionists found themselves working longer and harder than ever before.