Thomas Edison was a jerk. In the early 1900 s, he and a group of other early technological innovators of recorded film am trying to monopolize the movie industry, exploiting ferocious case and the literal hiring of punks to batter down any rogue filmmakers unaffiliated with his group. Edison claimed that “Jewish profiteers” had stolen his patent and go rich off it by promoting “smut” across America, referring to the comparatively racier movies that non-Edison filmmakers would show in nickelodeons throughout poorer urban areas.
However, one group of filmmakers decided that they’d had enough of Edison’s meddling, and simply moved as far away from him as possible — to California. The judges there didn’t care as much about Edison and his silly little patents as those back in New Jersey, and in the time that it would take for parties to cross the country and read those independent filmmakers their rights, the patents would expire.
Edison tried to sue Carl Laemmle, the founding fathers of Universal Pictures, 289 experiences, and abode abortive with this go until his death( that 290 th season, though, he REALLY might’ve had a event ). Other individuals who pushed Edison’s group( both legally and literally) and then moved west included the founders of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros ., Paramount, MGM, and Loews Theaters. So in a very direct lane, the avarice of the “Wizard of Menlo Park” led to the creation of Hollywood as we know it. And long storey short, that’s why we have 27 Minions films.
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