Record #212

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J. Homer Platten, Treasurer, MPPDA
Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
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National Motion Picture Conference

Platten comes up with a strategy for dealing with Rev. Scanlon, involving his Dean Lathrop, the representative of all the religious groups of the country on the Committee on Public Relations, responding to his criticisms.


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National Motion Picture Conference. 1924. Extract from Memo, Platten to Hays, 11-20-1924, Concerning Plan to Deal with Charles Scanlon: "Charles Scanlon is a representative of a religious group and simultaneously a representative of the public. For this reason, I agree with you that the Association should not be drawn into any controversy with him in refuting the charges which he makes. He has been consistently destructive in his criticism of motion pictures and is, therefore, working in opposition to those representatives of the public and the clergy who are devoting their time and energy along constructive lines. Therefore, I would suggest that Mr. Richey be asked to send the correspondence to Mr. Lee Hanmer, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Committee on Public Relations. Mr. Hamner can then be advised as to the facts and he, in turn, should transmit the correspondence together with the refutations to Dean Lathrop, who is the representative of all the religious groups of the country on the Committee on Public Relations. With Dean Lathrop armed with the necessary information he would then be in a position to write Mr. Scanlon in an authoritative way, thus refuting the charges and at the same time showing Mr. Scanlon that he is decidedly in the minority with respect to the best thought of religious leaders as to the proper method for improving motion pictures. Dean Lathrop can very well make the following point; namely, that every day the public is having a referendum on motion pictures, voting with dimes and quarters at the box office, thus instantly recording its approval or disapproval of the pictures which are offered to them by the producers; and, therefore, there is no need for federal or state censorship.

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