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Paul Brechbuhler <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 15:22:03 -0400
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At 10:37 PM 4/22/96 -0800, you wrote:
>I'm being interviewed about a film trailer I created and the interviewer
>has asked where the history of the word "trailer" came from and I'm
>actually not sure.  If anyone can tell me, this information would be much
>I think it might have begun in the 30's when the "one reelers" would play
>before a film, but I can't figure out why the name "trailer" was used.  I
>know that it has become a simple misnomer of the word preview... anyway,
>any help would be greatly appreciated.
>Mark Allen
>Mark Allen
To the best of my knowledge, it goes back to when movie theatres showed two
movies.  There was a main feature, followed by a second-run feature.
In-between they showed "coming soon" promos.  These promos were given the
name "trailers", because they were shown after the main feature.
Paul Brechbuhler, Dipl. A.A.
Television and Film Production
Toronto, On, Ca
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