Record #911

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Mr Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA
Emanuel Cohen, Paramount
Reel 10
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MPPDA - Reaffirmation
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Hays tells Cohen that he is correct that Production Code problems arise when bad material is purchased - it is better not to.In relation to objectionable source material, decisions need to be made prior to a studio purchasing a story and starting production. Hays notes that it is better to miss a few opportunities than be forced to stop the production of a film after a great deal of money has been invested. A reply to Cohen's letter dated 29 March 1933 (10-0545 to 10-0547).


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April 1, 1933. HAYS to COHEN. I ... note particularly the constructive suggestion as to the possibility of developing supplemental care as to source material before purchase. ... There is no question about the value of your suggestion and as further consideration is given in the immediate future to developing greater care in the selection of source material, I will emphasize your proposal. The purpose of the Resolution of October 31, 1930 (which, as a matter of fact, rather pointed to the possibility of the purchase of material at a company's own risk) was not to liberalize at all the subject matter actually used. It is a fact, however, that when a purchase has been made and then later, when money is spent, it becomes increasingly difficult to stop the ultimate production. It is much better to miss a few possibilities than to buy questionable material that presents the difficulties.

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