Record #595

Date:
24/09/1929
Record Type:
Miscellaneous
Reel:
Reel 6
Frame Start:
6-2119
Frame End:
6-2340
Legacy ID:
599
Legacy Year:
1929
Legacy Index:
MPPDA - Conference on Public and Industrial Relations

200 community leaders took part in an MPPDA-sponsored conference with studio heads to assess the state of the industry under Hays and to plan further action for better movies. They appointed Mrs Thomas G. Winter as the representative of "organized women" in the Studio Relations office, and elected three committees: Motion Pictures in Religious Education, Motion Picture Classics for Children, and Community Textbook for Better Motion Pictures. Documents include preparation, programme, press releases, results of committee work, etc.

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D29-04 CONFERENCE -- PUBLIC RELATIONS 1929SUGGESTIONS BY HAYS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS CONFERENCE SEPT. 24-26, 1929.A most interesting speech could be made to that group by some newsreel man who would give in fifteen minutes an idea of the risk, interest and real drama that is involved in getting this news. It is an untouched subject so far as public knowledge is concerned.It is essential that a good theatre man or two tell about theatre service; what great lengths they go to now to furnish comfort to the patrons, etc. This would include the training of managers, such as the Paramount school.Joy himself should tell about the studio relations committee.I think it would be very good if some export manager would organize briefly to tell something about the great lengths companies go to to put our pictures all over the world. Herron might prepare a paper very carefully himself and read it which would cover the companies' activities in all parts of the world and startle everybody by the way we have stations in every place. Where trade has not gone, the motion picture goes. The technical part of it might be covered by an export manager. The foreign situation could also be outlined. A talk by some laboratory manager. Briefly. The Universal man might be a good man.I would gave a financial man briefly indicate the great expense involved in all of this -- the great investment.It would be good to have a color man, if you can get one, who would quickly explain the color process.I would have some author to indicate the difficulties in the way of getting the adaptations. Screen writing is difficult and it would be well if some of these people knew the technical ends of that.I would have an advertising man tell them about the great advertising activities. Wilstach could help on this. This would touch, too, upon the care which we exercise in the advertising.I would give thought to having a lawyer explain the contracts for writers and actors and tell about the lawsuits -- the case tried by Thatcher, the West Coast cases and Pittsburgh. These workers hear about these lawsuits and should be told quickly what they are. The lawyer might also tell about the patent difficulties. It is necessary that the whole arbitration system, Film Boards and Credit Committee arrangements be outlined. They hear of the exhibitors' agitation and that should be frankly stated and what it is all about.[Crossed out: Let's caucus about having Lightman. I am not certain.]Let's caucus about having someone tell about the Equity situation.[Note: Elsewhere Milliken responds to this memo point by point.][Note: Prospective participants are sent a list of 87 topics and asked to indicate which they feel should be discussed, and which topic they feel is the most important. The results of the questionnaire are listed, and show which subjects are currently of interest or concern. "Do films sent to foreign countries give wrong impression of America?" appears fairly high on the list.]

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