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Dumb question... why is a Trailer called a "Trailer"

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Steve Owen

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Posted August 22 2001 - 05:04 AM

I was just having this discussion with someone at work and neither of us knew. Why is a trailer called a trailer? It doesn't trail anything. And when did they cease being called "previews" and start being called "trailers".

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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Dan M

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Posted August 22 2001 - 05:08 AM

Because in the old days movie clips for upcoming releases came after the movie, thus they 'trailed' the main feature. True story..... ------------------

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Artur Meinild

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Posted August 22 2001 - 06:32 AM

And on VHS, there were also trailers *after* the main features... ------------------ ~ Stud. Polyt. ~ Artur Meinild ~
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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted August 22 2001 - 06:59 AM

Because a reel of film came in certain lengths (like 40 min each), if the movie ended at 25, they'd be left with a 'trailer' of 15 minutes, and they'd use it up instead of whacking it off. Glenn

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Janna S

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Posted August 22 2001 - 11:33 AM

I thought I'd read that the previews did indeed come before the main film, so the filmstrip of the previews was the last thing hanging on the reel, thus it "trailed" (hung off the film reel).

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