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Impact of TV watching on movies

Photo caption: Elliott Ness (Robert Stack) is shown in a typical scene from the original The Untouchables from 1959.  IA members working on this series faced enormous challenges in recreating the car chases, gun fights and other action sequences that were unique at the time.

Box office revenues declined about 23 percent between 1946 and 1956.  Profits were cut even more, with the 10 largest studios seeing their profits drop from $122,000,000 in 1946 to $30,000,000 in just three years.  The golden years of Hollywood were over - at least for now.