ID Date Type Description Summary
1410 1927-06-19 Report Beatty highlights the problem of studios being accused of plagiarism. The situation is so bad that most producers are r...
344 1927-07-01 Correspondence Hays seeks comment from studio representatives on the action for a 10% pay cut. They reply at length, giving their own ...
464 1927-07-19 Letter AMPAS economy meetings with actors. Beetson: "The result I gleaned from the conference was that the freelance actor, es...
396 1927-07-31 Miscellaneous Large volume of material on two Caddo pictures, The Mating Call (about KKK) and The Racket. Hughes very reluctant to ag...
1378 1927-08-01 Letter and enclosure/s Concerns an enclosed letter from Rachel Smith (Famous Players Studio School). Sent to Trotti because the letter is so po...
2047 1927-08-15 Letter and enclosure/s Reporting activities of the Academy, and enclosing bulletins
3226 1927-09-01 Article Settling It Out of Court, System, the Magazine for Business, September 1926. Article by Hays on Arbitration in the moti...
345 1927-09-06 Letter This informs Andrews of a resolution of the Federated Church Brotherhoods of California, to the effect that the stage an...
352 1927-10-01 Press release Claims that the Federal Trade Commission conference has been a success and that similar meetings will be held annually. ...
2068 1927-10-10 Speech/address Remarks by Will H. Hays at Trade Practices Conference. Includes a list of member companies of the MPPDA and a summary o...
2060 1927-10-10 Miscellaneous Typescripts of series of articles on "The Best Cared For Children in America," on children in the motion picture industr...
2077 1927-10-17 Resolution/s MPPDA resolution and other notices observing the death of Sam Warner.
2079 1927-10-24 Letter and enclosure/s Hays sends Warner clippings about Vitaphone
309 1927-10-28 Letter Exchange of letters. Brecher points out to Hays that regardless of any agreement reached at the Trade Practice Conferenc...
1383 1927-11-12 Memo Memo informing Hays that the United Press are sending out an article entitled "Denies Movies Cause Increase in Crime". I...
377 1927-11-18 Letter Apparently the French Ambassador has been criticizing the industry, and Hays has come to its defence.
367 1927-11-28 Press statement Concerns exhibition of religious motion pictures at Sunday evening church services.
371 1927-12-02 Letter In Baraboo, Wisconsin, they want shows that will "cater to the general family trade with thorough guarantee against show...
372 1927-12-03 Letter Expressing his approval and admiration of the recently-advertised Don'ts and Be-Carefuls, then objecting to a picture th...
1369 1927-12-19 Correspondence Letter to Hays informing him that there have been several complaints against Paramount and Metro in relation to block bo...
2048 1927-12-21 Letter Reporting activities of the Academy: free-lance actors' contract completed, technicians examining improved methods of li...
2087 1928-01-01 Journal/magazine article "Shall We Condemn the Movies?" An interview with Hays. No source identified.
406 1928-01-04 Memo This document illustrates the ambitions that the MPPDA cherishes for the Church and Drama Association CDA before their r...
1471 1928-01-04 Letter McGee, a friend of Hays, is developing a trackless train idea, like one recently done, that could be used for publicity ...
1304 1928-01-04 Letter Harry Warner to Hays, denouncing advertising for Woman of Affairs and a few other companies as well. Hays writes to comp...
415 1928-01-11 Miscellaneous The English picture Dawn (about Edith Cavell), produced by Wilcox, is offensive to the German government, so the MPPDA h...
1458 1928-01-17 Correspondence Demonstrations of incandescent lighting by the Technicians Branch of the Academy. These demonstrations are of new techno...
421 1928-01-18 Resumes "Memo for Mr. Hays" on the development of the SRC. Joy cites instances of his successes, and those occasions when the SR...
392 1928-01-30 Pamphlet, letter 'Memorandum in re Brookhart Bill." Pettijohn sent this to Hays for his opinion, saying it was imperative that something ...
472 1928-03-01 Press release The MPPDA replies to charges of pro-Hoover political bias in newsreels, instigated by Frank Rembusch ('Mr. Hays operates...
497 1928-03-01 Correspondence The difficulties involved in getting French approval of The Foreign Legion, and the necessity of achieving such approval...
1488 1928-03-06 Miscellaneous Information regarding the introduction of cultural courses on motion pictures into colleges. The first such course, on p...
494 1928-03-23 Letter Universal has doubts about aspects of the scenario of Grease Paint, which it proposes to film. They refer the question ...
419 1928-04-02 Letter Lott, former Department of Justice official, is out for blood over block-booking and the Film Boards of Trade and "their...
400 1928-05-07 Letter In part: "Concerted effort on the part of all in this office [the AMPP] to line everybody up solidly in order that there...
3239 1928-05-10 Correspondence Walsh alleges plagiarism by Paramount Lasky in a Bebe Daniels film. Paramount denies it. Walsh persists, claiming he m...
2084 1928-05-23 Letter Reporting meetings relating to a cameraman's code of ethics.
428 1928-05-24 Memo Milliken notes tendencies in the kinds of censorable material currently being produced. Despite gruesomeness, offensive...
493 1928-05-28 Correspondence Universal try to get an English ban on Phantom of the Opera lifted. Universal representative Bryson, friend of Herron, i...
483 1928-06-01 Memo Specific censorship problems in the dialogue of the new talkies from Warner Bros.
1433 1928-06-05 Journal/magazine article Copy of a story from the American Arbitration Association's newsletter, "Arbitration News". Article reports a speech del...
418 1928-06-09 Memo The industry is being investigated by the Department of Justice -- especially the legality of the operations of the Bo...
385 1928-06-12 Memo Comments on Fox advertising insert in Exhibitors Herald, some of which "some folks might consider an appeal to the sensu...
427 1928-06-14 Memo 'Examination of the trade paper advertising of the proposed product for 1928/29 discloses some titles which, taken in co...
426 1928-06-16 Memo This records the number of violations of the Don'ts and Be-Carefuls by each company, according to the MPPDA reviewer.
1475 1928-06-23 Correspondence Hays informs Hart that the resignation of his company's class A membership of the MPPDA has been accepted with regret at...
424 1928-06-25 Letter and reply Companies are being advised of specific violations they have made of the Don'ts and Be-Carefuls. Warners is reprimanded...
2085 1928-07-14 Letter Reporting appointment of AMPP Board. Henry King elected as the director's representative.
1296 1928-07-17 Memo Evidence of the extent to which the MPPDA took trouble over individual crime incidents in which someone alleged the infl...
475 1928-08-07 Various David O. Selznick directed a film partly set in Princeton with full cooperation and approval of college authorities. Whe...
487 1928-08-15 Letter Tiffany-Stahl has produced a picture dealing in part with the life of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and she has retained ...
2099 1928-08-21 Letter Television licences have been granted to several companies and individuals, including RCA and Westinghouse. "Inasmuch as...
439 1928-08-28 Letter This letter was sent to all MPPDA members. Hays is attempting to orchestrate the response of the industry to sound cens...
1292 1928-08-31 Letter Letter from Hampel of Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission 08-31-1928 protesting the number of crime films: "The Commissi...
2092 1928-09-10 Letter Hays reply -- a standard letter -- to Hampel of Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission 31 August 1928 protesting the number...
410 1928-09-11 Letter This is an excellent summary of the present international copyright situation. It makes reference to an extensive repor...
3241 1928-09-11 Letter Extensive report by Charles Campbell Jr, who attended a recent Rome conference which was held to revise the Berne Conven...
468 1928-10-11 Memo Re payment of expenses by the MPPDA in the case of law suits and court cases representing a common interest.
436 1928-10-20 Memo Initial responses of various state censorship boards to the introduction of sound. Hess is anxious to find a test case ...
422 1928-10-29 Memo Milliken points out that despite Joy's efforts (which have achieved a good deal of success) censor cuts are still being ...
414 1928-11-02 Memo The writer quotes an article from The Hominy News (Oklahoma), "Ban On Crime Movies Asked," in which a banking executive ...
1478 1928-11-19 Miscellaneous File on proposed changes to the motion picture selling season and the differing opinions on the subject. Debate rages th...
446 1928-11-28 Letter An example of the kind of dissatisfaction produced by the present exhibition contract. This exhibitor finds himself stu...
1285 1928-12-01 Correspondence Exchange of letters between Hays and Brookhart on arbitration. Brookhart is introducing a bill to bring the motion pictu...
413 1928-12-03 Memo 'Overplay of Sex and Crime Suggested in Editorial Criticisms." collection of newspaper material objecting to crime and ...
461 1928-12-05 Memo DeBra on "Life and Death in Sing Sing," by Warden Lawes containing an accusation that movies and the press stimulate cri...
1476 1928-12-06 Letter Beetson updating Hays on the current patent situation which relates to composite motion pictures, particularly the proce...
388 1928-12-21 Letter Hays tries to answer Brookharts criticisms of the arbitration system.
514 1929-01-04 Letter protesting advertising of A Woman of Affairs as The Green Hat and suggesting Authors Agreement is unworkable, since adve...
515 1929-01-05 Letter problem he addresses in 04 January 1929 letter will not recur under new Formula. Negotiations with Authors League over ...
2135 1929-01-05 Letters Correspondence relating to several medical films
645 1929-01-09 Miscellaneous Hays sends out examples of advertisements for sex-hygiene films and related adverse editorials: "Our member companies do...
518 1929-01-14 Press release Hays on censor boards attempts to censor sound -- they "are presuming to censor speech
525 1929-01-15 Correspondence Censor problems over sound films -- no longer intend to be so lenient as they have been. Hays circulates this letter ...
2164 1929-01-16 Letter Proposes making a silent and sound version of Broadway, to gauge public reaction, as an experiment
2111 1929-01-24 Correspondence Hays responding to several authors' claimed grievances about the application of the Formula.
526 1929-01-24 Letter reply to 15 January 1929 letter, pledge of improvement to make censorship unnecessary
3329 1929-01-25 Letter McDougall does not feel Jack White Comedy Corporation's two-reel comedies are prone to scenes of prolonged love-making l...
3330 1929-01-30 Correspondence Brown is the new President of RKO. He and Hays seek to meet, and Hays asks Beetson to contact Brown in Los Angeles.
523 1929-02-02 Letter Encloses memo from John Shea of First National with memo from Rockett on internal censorship at the studio: "one more ev...
3334 1929-02-02 Memo Herron, report on speech by J.D. Williams at the National Board of Review (NBR) annual conference describing his film im...
527 1929-02-04 Memo Pennsylvania Supreme Court have upheld censorship of sound films. Suggests taking a case to the Federal courts to test c...
3325 1929-02-07 Letter Letter following up on a meeting discussing the censorship of sound. Attached are extracts from editorials.
512 1929-02-09 Letter Formula as amended -- its purpose is "to discharge our obvious duty, and incidentally to protect the industry not mere...
2153 1929-02-27 Memo Attempts to resolve the problems over the Williams and Dawley patents from combining miniature and live action photograp...
2163 1929-03-01 Letter Letter complaining about Universal in relation to a dispute with Rogers involving Ken Maynard. Metzger of Universal deni...
558 1929-03-05 Letter Concerns the introduction of sound technology and the problem of sensibly deciding upon a system when "sound itself is i...
1496 1929-03-09 Book chapter A reprinted chapter from the book "A Century Of Industrial Progress", written by Hays on the the history of the motion p...
2130 1929-03-09 Memo Good news item from the Joplin, Mo., News Herald 16 February 1929 about someone confessing to a crime after watching a p...
3331 1929-03-19 Letter Discussion of bill for legal services in Ohio
529 1929-04-01 Letter Newspaper editorial on censorship:'There is no doubt, of course, that in theory there is no defense for censorship. Yet...
596 1929-05-16 Miscellaneous Roger W. Babson has made widely-published statements accusing the movies of being responsible for the rise in the crime ...
1487 1929-05-17 Letter Beetson informing Hays of the Academy's second annual meeting and their awards of merit. Included is relevant material a...
1504 1929-06-01 Memo "Isn't it interesting and gratifying to note that in the story about the Whalen Crime Commission in the Tribune of May 3...
555 1929-06-06 Letter Hays emphasizes the extreme importance of eliminating salacious advertising, especially in the light of the Trade Practi...
521 1929-06-11 Telegram Chicago Council has refused to appropriate money for Censor Board to purchase sound equipment
1519 1929-06-12 Memo Hess outlines the major differences between the standard form of actors' contract and the new one insisted upon by Equit...
3333 1929-06-12 Memos Discussing agenda for Board of Directors Meeting, at which there will also be the heads of the distributors' theatre ch...
566 1929-06-14 Letter Hays explains the efforts of the MPPDA to accommodate the sensibilities of other countries. Note: also copy following r...
2150 1929-06-29 Memo Reporting convention resolution urging the MPPDA to set up a script censoring operation in Hollywood. Milliken replies ...
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