script rejection form letter from Uptown's fabled Essanay Studios shows.
Check mark next to "Idea has been done before." (Hasn't stopped half the movies made this century from getting done.)
It comes from a fun website called Retronaut that invites you to "Explore Any Time You Like" and is full of ephemera from the 1300s to present day. Elvis wearing a feather headdress? A 1919 guide to "keeping fit" that includes sex ed? A short film shot by Thomas Edison at the corner of State and Madison in 1897? It's all there.