Record #1129

Date:
14/03/1935
Record Type:
Correspondence
From/By:
Dr Worth Tippy
To:
Martin Quigley, President of Quigley Publishing Co., Inc, Exhibitors' Herald and Motion Picture World
Reel:
Reel 11
Frame Start:
11-0413
Frame End:
11-0421
Legacy ID:
1139
Legacy Year:
1935
Legacy Index:
Production Code
Comments:
Additional text in Transcription. EDITORIAL COMMENT: This correspondence states a liberal Protestant view of the moral issues involved, and demonstrates quite how distant that was from the concerns both of the Catholics and of the industry -- to the point where Milliken refuses to acknowledge that Tippy represents any significant group viewpoint -- which means any significant viewpoint. Note Tippy's comment on the Code's concern with individual morality, which Milliken turns into a claim that the industry should be making other sorts of films. The distinction between Catholic and Protestant positions over trade practices has already become ossified here, too.

According to Worth M. Tippy of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (FCCCA), "the self-censorship at Hollywood is largely an affair between the Catholic Church and the industry," and it is too conservative. Milliken points out to Quigley that the Legion of Decency campaign was successful because "its leaders wisely refused to be beguiled into attacks upon the trade practices and criticism of the machinery of the industry," concentrating instead on moral issues.

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