Reel librarian firsts


1912:


The Librarian, first film to feature a librarian


1919:


A Very Good Young Man, first film to feature a male librarian

Notable: The main character’s profession was changed from brass bed factory worker in the play to librarian in the film


1921:


The Lost Romance, first film to feature a librarian with glasses and a bun (the Spinster Librarian image begins!)

Trophy graphic by qimono via Pixabay is licensed under CC0 (public domain)
Trophy graphic by qimono via Pixabay is licensed under CC0 (public domain)

1932:


Forbidden, first sound film to feature a librarian

Notable: “Old lady foureyes!” In the film’s opening scene, two small boys shout this as public librarian Lulu Smith (Barbara Stanwyck) walks down the street.


1932:


No Man of Her Own, first film to feature a librarian in undergarments


1933 & 1940:


First films to feature a librarian saying, “Shush!”


1943:


The Seventh Victim, first horror film to feature a librarian


1953:


Pickup on South Street, first film to feature an African-American librarian


1984:


Cal, first (non-erotic) film to feature a nude librarian (Helen Mirren)


Sources used:


  • Tevis, Ray, and Brenda Tevis. The Image of Librarians in Cinema 1917-1999. McFarland, 2005.

Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

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