Records » Record #1099
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- Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
- Reel 10
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- Production Code
- Additional text in Transcription. EDITORIAL COMMENT: What seems to be being hinted at is a form of classification, comparable to that used in Britain. This is a role the National Board of Review (NBR) could adopt - and the NBR needs some further justification for its existence - except that it performs a useful and presumably cost-effective role at present in relation to a number of censor boards. But the companies seem fairly uniformly hostile to the idea - presumably it would create all kinds of complications so far as block booking arrangements were concerned, handing hostages to fortune to the independent exhibitors left right and centre, giving them grounds for objecting to a variety of movies - especially the 'sophisticated comedies' they got stuck with that didn't go - on 'moral grounds' of not wanting to restrict their audiences - even if the scheme was only run on a voluntary basis, because local pressure on small-town exhibitors could well result in the establishment of some kind of municipal censor board or police power to enforce classification - the possibilities for complication are substantial - what happens now?
'Again attention is called to the dangerous situation developing due to the fact that a certain portion of the product which will be in full conformance with the Production Code will be commonly regarded as subjects unsuitable for youth."
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