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As I continue to read the early theater trade publications, I am often reminded that the uses of the moving picture are many. As the November 18, 1916 edition of The Moving Picture World revealed, it is “NOT a bad idea to keep the boys out of mischief on election night by making them guests of the motion picture.” Hilariously, it was suggested that “no highly educational or sterilized films be used on election eve for the entertainment of the adolescents who otherwise would be engaged in hunting barrels for bonfires. In fact to judge from our own recollections of the joy the young savages find in celebrating election eve we feel that the program ought to be made up of detective stories and stories of wild adventure”. As a follow-up to this article, it was noted that while Hughes’ supporters were claiming victory over President Wilson, late night movie showings all over America were keeping people off the streets, except perhaps in New York, where more than 900,000 people created “a bedlam of noise” (November 25, 1916, p.1229) as balloting returns from all over the United States were flashed on outdoor screens (Klaus Ming April 2016).