Record #371

Date:
02/12/1927
Record Type:
Letter
From/By:
C. L. Roser, Al Ringling Theatre
To:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Reel:
Reel 3
Frame Start:
3-2767
Frame End:
3-2770
Legacy ID:
371
Legacy Year:
1927
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Protests

In Baraboo, Wisconsin, they want shows that will "cater to the general family trade with thorough guarantee against showing a single item that could possible offer remotest offense." Roser gives examples of offensive ingredients in an otherwise innocuous film, and the MPPDA uses his letter to press home to production managers the importance of the Don'ts and Be-Carefuls.

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Protests: passes on complaints from Baraboo about unnecessary offensive bits in otherwise clean films, suggesting that Friday and Saturday night audiences -- family audiences -- and benefits need reliable clean entertainment -- also contains the suggestion, to the distributor, that "Had we dreamed of anything of the sort being in the picture we would have trimmed them out." In including this in a letter to the distributor there's an assumption that the distributor wouldn't particularly mind, and that this must have been a fairly common practice.

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