[Ads-l] Family of Sayings: You're only as good as your last performance (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 18 14:23:20 UTC 2018

The QI article has now been updated, and Bill is mentioned in the
acknowledgement: “Special thanks to researcher Bill Mullins who
located the key 1924 citation.”

On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 12:45 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu>
> _Photoplay_  May 1924 p 109
> "Generally speaking, a star is as good as his last few pictures."
> https://archive.org/stream/pho26chic#page/n674/mode/1up
> This was from an article by James Quirk, editor of Photoplay, describing a poll of the most "consistent box office attractions", i.e, the most popular stars.  The article and/or the line was reprinted in _Film Daily_ 6/22/1924, p 31, and in _Exhibitors Herald_ 5/3/1924, p. 50.  With such wide dissemination in the movie press, perhaps this is source from which the quote spread into the show-business world, where so many of Garson's early cites come from.

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