Record #1202

Date:
15/09/1939
Record Type:
Letter
From/By:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
To:
MPPDA (all studios)
Reel:
Reel 12
Frame Start:
12-1809
Legacy ID:
1213
Legacy Year:
1939
Legacy Index:
Meetings - MPPDA Board

With the onset of war in Europe, Hays reiterates his position that the motion pictures are primarily entertainment and that films should continue to be made without the influence of political position or wartime propaganda. Emphasizes "our responsibility ... to keep genuine screen entertainment flowing -- undeflected by war time propaganda, unpolluted by poisonous animosities ... no propaganda on the screen shall be the contributing cause of making this industry assume the dreadful responsibility of sending the youth of America to war. "Hate" pictures are out.

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