Record #3347

Date:
23/04/1931
Record Type:
Report
From/By:
Dr Daniel A. Lord, Head of Drama, University of St Louis
To:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Reel:
Reel 9
Frame Start:
9-1838
Frame End:
9-1845
Legacy ID:
3365
Legacy Year:
1931
Legacy Index:
Production Code
Comments:
Additional text in transcription. EDITORIAL COMMENT: For meeting with production heads. An important document. Lord is critical not of specific scenes in recent movies, but of overall philosophies. He deplores the predominance of problem-movies (especially sex) over action and romance.

'The Code, One Year Later" - assessment of Production Code operation - impressed, but points out that where in 1930 they were concerned about single scenes he is now concerned about philosophy of plots preaching wrong moral standards with insufficient compensation cover sex adultery infidelity etc. Too many Broadway plays bought, not enough thought for majority audience.

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