Record #1194

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Production Code
EDITORIAL COMMENT: ""The Production Code Administration and Its Significance in the Movement for Improving the Screen"". General and fairly bland public statement - during 1937 36 features were rejected, 27 of them later accepted after substantial revision. 608 features approved, 339 by majors, 228 by smaller companies and 42 foreign productions. ""It is now estimated that 98% of films exhibited in American theatres are approved by the PCA and that only about 2% are bootlegged about the country and sold individually to such exhibitors who hope by lurid and suggestive advertising to draw crowds to see pictures generally considered offensive and objectionable.

The Production Code Administration and Its Significance in the Movement for Improving the Screen." The Code is a "statement of general principles and standards which should be followed in making pictures socially desirable and morally unobjectionable." PCA


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"As evidence of the fairness of the decisions of the Production Code Administration, since 1934 only 4 appeals have been made from its decisions to the full Board of Directors of the Association, and in two cases the Production Code Administration has been sustained, and in two others, after the producers agreed to deletions, approval was granted. "... The Code with its administration, especially since its reorganization in 1934, has met successfully all reasonable demands for eliminating objectionable material from the screen, both from the moral and social standpoint. Producers have voluntarily accepted this system of self regulation and self discipline. "If, however, there continues to be a successful demand for restrictive and repressive legislation, based on the conditions of more than 10 years ago, without considering the progress made through self regulation and self discipline, it is more than likely that the producers will be forced to believe that their attempts have not met with public approval, and consider themselves justified in scrapping this machinery."