Record #195

Date:
06/11/1924
Record Type:
Record of meeting
Reel:
Reel 1
Frame Start:
1-2291
Frame End:
1-2296
Legacy ID:
195
Legacy Year:
1924
Legacy Index:
Meetings - Scenario Editors
Comments:
EDITORIAL COMMENT: See also entries pertaining to copyright and the Author's League, including a case over rights to Damned (01-2188 to 01-2210). Also to Scanlon and the National Motion Picture Conference - whose Executive Committee included Mrs. Gilman and George Reid Andrews.

Reports of Scenario Editors' Meetings, November-December 1924

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"It was urged by Col. Brady that this office get up a printed form indicating clearly to the scenario editors just what this office meant by material which was "undesirable in essence." (I do not think this should be done, because invariably it would leak out to the public and possibly to the newspapers.) Col. Brady also urged that a printed form be distributed among the scenario editors for their use in notifying this office of a rejection. ..." [signed by O'Neill] November 20 "If the scenario editor is in doubt as to the advisability of picturizing a certain book, play or story because it contains salacious or otherwise harmful essentials, he shall submit the doubtful material to this office and then come here and discuss the matter in confidence. If he feels this material should not be pictured and if this office then concurs in his judgment, a rejection notice shall be sent to all other members and that will definitely end discussion of that particular book, play or story. A rejection notice is final and there shall be no appeal from it." If, on the other hand, this office should decide that there is nothing essentially harmful in the book, play or story, then the editor who brought it to our attention, or any other editor, is at liberty to purchase and produce it." Mr. Hays said that after a rejection has been made and notice thereof sent out, no subsequent adaptation or "treatment" of the subject may change the status of that rejection." MEETINGS -- SCENARIOS. 1924. Notes Excerpted from Scenario Editors ' Meetings, 1924: [Note: Hays presides at these meetings] [Note: the meeting reports appear in reverse chronological order on the microfilm]. NOVEMBER 6 "It was urged by Col. Brady that this office get up a printed form indicating clearly to the scenario editors just what this office meant by material which was "undesirable in essence". (I do not think this should be done, because invariably it would leak out to the public and possibly to the newspapers.) Col. Brady also urged that a printed form be distributed among the scenario editors for their use in notifying this office of a rejection. ..." [signed by O'Neill] NOVEMBER 20 "If the scenario editor is in doubt as to the advisability of picturizing a certain book, play or story because it contains salacious or otherwise harmful essentials, he shall submit the doubtful material to this office and then come here and discuss the matter in confidence. If he feels this material should not be picturized and if this office then concurs in his judgment, a rejection notice shall be sent to all other members and that will definitely end discussion of that particular book, play or story. A rejection notice is final and there shall be no appeal from it."If, on the other hand, this office should decide that there is nothing essentially harmful in the book, play or story, then the editor who brought it to our attention, or any other editor, is at liberty to purchase and produce it. "Mr. Hays said that after a rejection has been made and notice thereof sent out, no subsequent adaptation or "treatment" of the subject may change the status of that rejection." DECEMBER 18 "Mrs. Strauss suggested that as many industry people as possible should see the German-made play "The Last Man", for which no American release has yet been secured. She pronounced it as one of the most artistic pictures ever made and a great credit to the industry. It is a UFA. production. Possibly this might be obtained for our own projection room."

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