Record #98

Date:
15/09/1923
Record Type:
Report
From/By:
Col. Jason S. Joy
To:
MPPDA (Committee on Public Relations)
Reel:
Reel 1
Frame Start:
1-0244
Frame End:
1-0249
Legacy ID:
98
Legacy Year:
1923
Legacy Index:
MPPDA - Public Relations Committee
Comments:
Additional text in Transcription.

Hanmer speech against censorship in favour of locally, not centrally organized Better Films committees working with exhibitors. Famous Players-Lasky (FPL) abandoning of block-booking - Hamner suggesting possible scheme for asking audiences in "checking centers" to register their judgement on pictures after they have seen them.

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At Committee meeting, Hamner reiterates that they should not be censoring films, but merely conveying their reactions to their own organizations and to local Better Films committees. Each community has its own experiences, its own standards, and its own special needs. The people of that community are in a better position to judge what type of picture will be useful that any state or national body possibly could be. The committees should work in close cooperation with exhibitors. Hamner is concerned that the box office is used as the sole means of determining popularity! 5 film synopses."... we should not be a censoring body in any sense, but rather a group representing various countrywide organisations that shall take advantage of this opportunity of seeing the more important motion picture producers at an early stage in their use -- before release when possible - and without attempting to arrive at a joint decision concerning them, tell our respective groups what we think of the different pictures in question and what we judge to be their advantages and shortcomings for certain types of use. ... This same principle argues for local better films committees rather than a central state or national committee to deal with motion picture problems. Each community has its own experiences, its own standards, and its own special needs. The people of that community are in a better position to judge what type of picture will be useful than any state or national body possibly could be. The local group that is close to the situation and that works in sympathetic cooperation with the local exhibitor can do more to serve that community in its motion picture exhibitors that any other body or individual possibly can."

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