Record #1197

Date:
02/08/1938
Record Type:
Letters
Reel:
Reel 12
Frame Start:
12-0774
Frame End:
12-0786
Legacy ID:
1207
Legacy Year:
1938
Legacy Index:
Production Code
Comments:
EDITORIAL COMMENT: Breen's increasing bad temper, particularly with Harmon, who does seem to be responsible for these changes, becoming increasingly evident

Harmon informs Shurlock and Breen that all titles must be cleared through the Title Bureau, including re-issues. Breen seems to be getting increasingly irritated with Harmon's interference: "We shall, of course, be guided by this regulation, but I must say we are beginning to feel that extraneous matters, incident to our job of the PCA are beginning to become exceedingly heavy and burdensome."

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2 August 1938 Breen to Harmon: "We shall, of course, be guided by this regulation [on title registration], but I must say we are beginning to feel that the extraneous matters, incident to our job of the Production Code Administration are beginning to become exceedingly heavy and irksome. You understand, I am sure, that we shall have an immense amount of trouble with our companies over this ruling that titles on re-issues have to be approved in New York. This will mean that the companies will have to go all through the same formula, as they did in the initial effort, and I an sure that they will find it difficult to understand why it is that they will have to have titles approved, on which they already have approval, and, of course, a legal copyright. "However, we shall do as you have suggested until such time as it will be necessary for us to augment our staff here to take care of all these increasing incidentals, which, strictly speaking, have no part in our general responsibility. "Incidentally, I am making it a matter of discussion with Mr. Hays to see if some way can be found to minimize and lessen the tremendous amount of red tape, which seems to be creeping into the Production Code Administration work. For my part, I am all against it. "However, once again, thanks for all your kindness -- "