- A term applied to handsome leading men who attracted large audiences of women to matinee performances of popular melodramas and comedies, it also applied to motion picture actors. In the case of matinee idol John Barrymore, for example, the term applied to him at the height of his stage career (1910s-1920s) and onscreen (1920s-1930s).
The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. James Fisher.
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