Journals and Research

Franklin Fearing
1950 Hollywood Quarterly  
this institution from the communications point of view, with the use of research techniques of social science, has been long overdue. Good texts for use in classes in the various techniques and crafts of radio and film are infrequent. Two are now before us. Radio Drama Acting and Production, A Handbook, by Walter Kingson and Rome Cowgill (Rinehart & Company, 1950), is a revision of Radio Drama Production by the same authors, published in 1946. The sections on radio acting and directing are
more » ... directing are accompanied by ample classroom exercise material illustrating all aspects of these subjects. Problems of casting, use of sound and music, diction, and professional attitudes are clearly and extensively treated. The complete scripts of four radio plays-Jane Eyre, , is a carefully arranged, practical book obviously written with the beginner in mind. The author has been a staff writer for Paramount and MGM studios, and is at present instructor in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. The author is not trying to supply the creative spark to the beginner, but she tells him what to do if he has it. JOURNALS AND RESEARCH Before us are two as yet unpublished doctoral dissertations that attest the academic stature of communications as a field for scholarly research-if this needs attesting. The Motion Picture Industry, by Rodney Frank Luther, is a dissertation submitted to the Economics Department of the University of Minnesota. It is a careful and authoritative analysis of the effects of the recent court this institution from the communications point of view, with the use of research techniques of social science, has been long overdue. Good texts for use in classes in the various techniques and crafts of radio and film are infrequent. Two are now before us. Radio Drama Acting and Production, A Handbook, by Walter Kingson and Rome Cowgill (Rinehart & Company, 1950), is a revision of Radio Drama Production by the same authors, published in 1946. The sections on radio acting and directing are accompanied by ample classroom exercise material illustrating all aspects of these subjects. Problems of casting, use of sound and music, diction, and professional attitudes are clearly and extensively treated. The complete scripts of four radio plays-Jane Eyre, , is a carefully arranged, practical book obviously written with the beginner in mind. The author has been a staff writer for Paramount and MGM studios, and is at present instructor in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. The author is not trying to supply the creative spark to the beginner, but she tells him what to do if he has it. JOURNALS AND RESEARCH Before us are two as yet unpublished doctoral dissertations that attest the academic stature of communications as a field for scholarly research-if this needs attesting. The Motion Picture Industry, by Rodney Frank Luther, is a dissertation submitted to the Economics Department of the University of Minnesota. It is a careful and authoritative analysis of the effects of the recent court
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