Context: a movie studio executive is pissed that people smoke inside a film storage room. The time period is 1921."The devil!" Manton flushed red. "This is no place to smoke. By—by all the wives of Goodwin and all the stars of Griffith I'm going to start firing a few people!"
I don't get that reference. Are those supposed to be some famous literature characters or something?
Source: The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve