Raymond Chandler (1888Â1959), U.S. author, Writers in Hollwood, Atlantic Monthly (Boston, November 1945).
Its [Hollywood's] idea of "production value" is spending a million dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler.
There have been a few exceptions but this has it pegged just about right. Not much has changed in 60 years.