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[foh-tuh-pley] /ˈfoʊ təˌpleɪ/
a motion-picture scenario; screenplay.
Origin of photoplay
1910-15; Americanism; photo- + play
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photoplayer, noun Unabridged
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  • And there are many scenes, bits of action, and touches here and there which are of the essence of a real photoplay.
  • It is, in fact, as straightforward comedy that the photoplay succeeds.
  • The cynical gold-digger has gone out of fashion lately, and the photoplay suffers the ills of obsolescence.
  • The others are so-so, as is the dialogue and other necessary elements that go to make up a photoplay.
  • Fortunately, the photoplay is lacking in the dramatic qualities which make for audience excitement.

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