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Those Awful Hats (1909) was a Comedy - Silent Films Film directed by D.W. Griffith .

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By chrisgiddens on Jul 16, 2012 From The Giddy Blog

Although rudimentary and often too-easily dismissed, Those Awful Hats is a must-see for all fans of early cinema and film history. Reasons being (in no particular order): We’re treated to a live-action PSA of the famous theater slides which asked women to remove their giant hats so as to not... Read full article

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Is thought to be one of the very first, if not the first, theatrical public service announcements. Ladies were told to remove their hats in the cinema or the nickelodeons, or face expulsion. Today we have announcements about noise, babies, cell phones, etc. that are in the same vein.
The film utilized the Dunning-Pomeroy Matte process (an early predecessor to blue-screening). When this film was originally being restored, the elements for the film that is projected in the picture were lost. As an inside joke, the restorers filled it in with a scene from At the Crossroads of Life, a picture that D.W. Griffith himself starred in.
Several sources (including the BFI) credit Arthur Marvin as the cinematographer instead of G.W. Bitzer
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