Record #757

Date:
30/03/1931
Record Type:
Memo
From/By:
Lamar Trotti, Assistant to Colonel Jason S. Joy
To:
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Reel:
Reel 9
Frame Start:
9-1604
Frame End:
9-1605
Legacy ID:
765
Legacy Year:
1931
Legacy Index:
Meetings - MPPDA Board

The ten pictures which Milliken says have caused the most trouble since the Code became operative, and why -- prepared for Board of Directors meeting. Also, a list of films that the industry is proud of.The greatest number of protests coming in was in regard to the showing of the synchronized version of the Birth of a Nation. Church groups throughout the south sent in hundreds of protests against showing the picture on the ground that it would stir up race troubles.

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The 3 worst have been Lonely Wives -- Path Many A Slip -- Universal The Lady Refuses RKO "Objection was taken to DOORWAY TO HELL [Warner] because it came close to making the gangster a hero. Objection to HELL'S ANGELS [Caddo -- UA] was because too much sex stuff had been put into an otherwise fine picture Objection to WHOOPEE [United Artists] was for the nudity WAY FOR A SAILOR [MGM] was very bad, but was patched up and corrected in New York before its general release. However, it got out in some places and caused considerable trouble The short subjects which have caused the most trouble are Family Next Door (Paramount) The Spirit of 76th St (Warner) Accidents Will Happen (Paramount) 20th Amendment (Paramount) and one of the HUMANETTES series which was a burlesque of the be-heading of John the Baptist (RKO) The greatest number of protests coming in was in regard to the showing of the synchronized version of the BIRTH OF A NATION. Church groups throughout the south sent in hundreds of protests against showing the picture on the ground that it would stir up race troubles."... and that it interfered "with the work they have been doing for better understanding between the colored and whites." Other titles mentioned Marianne; Stolen Heaven; War Nurse Scarlet Pages; Just Imagine; Hot Stuff; Soldier's PlaythingNotes: "Way for a Sailor was very bad, but was patched up and corrected in New York before its general release. However, it [presumably the earlier version] got out in some places and caused considerable trouble. ...

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