Records » Record #1196
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- Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
- Joseph I. Breen
- Reel 12
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- Production Code
- EDITORIAL COMMENT: Draft letters to studios on scripts raising industry policy issues are in 1939 file at 12-2067 and 12-2068.
Hays asks Breen to separate the procedure of governing Code enforcement, which is enforceable, and advice on industry policy and possible trouble with "political censor boards," which is not. These matters should be dealt with in different letters, and non-Code matters should elicit advice and warnings, but not requests for deletions. Breen is upset and resists the change. Hays does not tell him that the whole thing was thought up by Harmon, but these letters indicate the level of disagreement between Breen and the New York office over the practical implementation of the Production Code in the light of concerns over issues to do with independent production, the Legion of Decency and the Department of Justice suit.
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