ID Date Type Description Summary
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 ...
1305 1929-07-11 Letter Canada censorship. Censorship problems in Canada over MGM's The Big City -- recalled in Montreal and Quebec after origin...
567 1929-07-20 Night letter Trouble with Canadian censors who are all over 70, and may order eliminations and bans to justify their own jobs. The T...
638 1929-07-30 Letter Metzger details the complaints of the exhibitors against the arbitration system, the Standard Exhibition Contract, and t...
2162 1929-08-01 Letter Letter complaining that Universal has stolen her story "Three rainy Nights," and asking for Hays' help. Hess replies su...
1530 1929-08-14 Memo Memo explaining attached survey of the memberships of affiliated theatres in State Exhibitors' Associations.
2107 1929-08-15 Letter Asking for support for the Technical Bureau of the AMPP, which has a tentative budget of $35,000 per year. Also raises ...
2108 1929-08-15 Correspondence Correspondence relating to a possible patents claim over the use of photographic miniatures in combination with full-sca...
2131 1929-08-23 Memo Reporting Arthur Brisbane news item suggesting that talkies will influence the way people speak, in imitation of movie s...
2146 1929-08-23 Memo Report on MPTO Missouri convention, at which W.A. Steffes was highly critical of Pettijohn. Transcripts of speeches att...
666 1929-08-30 Letter Violations of profanity Don'ts in The Lady Lies. "The Company members have been very careful to avoid these definite vi...
646 1929-09-07 Memo Hays summarizes factors currently causing change in the industry (including "censoring of dialogue with sound pictures b...
1491 1929-09-09 Memo Memo regarding the proposed improved arbitration statement. Wilkinson has met with Bernheimer (American Arbitration Asso...
549 1929-09-20 Letter Activities of AMPAS Technical Bureau: "Our staff is now engaged in making a survey at the studios regarding those subjec...
2167 1929-09-22 Letter Hays writes to straighten out an incident involving Warners cancelling the contract of a vaudeville player
1492 1929-09-23 Letter Letter outlining the development of arbitration in the motion picture industry (requested of Hays by Sarnoff). Letter i...
2103 1929-10-01 Telegrams, letter Routine -- thanks for earlier letters
565 1929-10-01 Letter Hays takes up the case of The Last of Mrs Cheyney, which has been the subject of apparently unreasonable cuts, directly ...
665 1929-10-01 Memo Attendance at meeting to discuss Code of Ethics in production should be Paramount: Lasky Wanger Salsbury; MGM: Rubin Orr...
504 1929-10-01 Memo 'We have a meeting at 11 o'clock here on Friday [04 October 1929] to recast the formula as to eliminations, as directed ...
503 1929-10-04 Memo Attendance at meeting on new Code of Ethics
505 1929-10-04 Speech/address Re redrafting of formula to Code - Hays recites the history of the crises in 1924 and 1927, the problem of "the injectio...
508 1929-10-08 Letter Community conference -- complaints over vulgar short subjects. Wants First National to cooperate with Joy
548 1929-10-10 Letter MPPDA Technical Committee and AMPAS Technical Bureau (members of both listed) working on standardizing the shape of came...
539 1929-10-11 Letter Violation of profanity Don'ts in The Lady Lies: "It is, indeed, most unfortunate that this cannot be corrected. Nearly ...
510 1929-10-29 Letter Reply to editorial suggesting Hays should operate an "iron hand," outlining need for self-regulation
2109 1929-11-15 Assessment of the arbitration situation in the industry, following the Thacher court decision. Includes 20 September 192...
2134 1929-11-22 Letter Sending copy of award for exhibitors for "excellency in the reproduction of sound pictures."
639 1929-11-22 Memo Summary of speeches at the Convention of the MPTO of Ohio in Columbus on November 19-20. Myers, Rembusch, Lightman, Pet...
1490 1929-12-03 Speech/address "Arbitration in Business" by Hays.
3200 1929-12-03 Letter Lichtenberg is requesting an essay by Hays on the general subject of arbitration in business for educational purposes. T...
536 1929-12-20 Letter Documents on the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (FCCCA) Commission on the Motion Picture and Drama in...
600 1929-12-20 Letter 'Previewing." Hays explains the whole concept behind previewing -- "We are not only making motion pictures but we are ...
601 1929-12-20 Typescript 'The Motion Picture Conference." Outline of the public relations function of the motion picture conference (including l...
1281 1929-12-20 Miscellaneous Anticipating the forthcoming Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (FCCCA) report on motion pictures, Millike...
703 1930-01-03 Memo Party Girl not yet reviewed by Fisher. McGoldrick thinks no amount of cutting can clean it up
2184 1930-01-04 Telegram Publicity Directors' meeting discuses advertising, particularly of Party Girl. Several expressions of regret about laps...
2193 1930-01-06 Journal/magazine editorials Two editorials in The Commonweal, critical of Hays and Milliken, with memo from McKenzie to Milliken
678 1930-01-07 Memo Hays memo on a conference with Wanger on Code -- negotiation over the viability of the old "Don'ts." Wanger wants a Co...
2201 1930-01-15 Memo Discussing which account should pay for expenses of exhibitor organization members coming to conferences on the Uniform ...
679 1930-01-24 Letter Early letter emphasizing the necessity for a new code of practice with the coming of sound.Hays, writing in Hollywood, w...
671 1930-02-10 Record of meeting Discussion of Production Code in its draft form. Stenographic transcript of a meeting between producers, Lord, Quigley,...
680 1930-02-12 Letter "We [he and Lord?] have spent the day putting into final form the conclusions of the sub-committee reached on yesterday"...
1562 1930-02-15 Memo In Chicago, advertisements for The Grand Parade are set out in such a way as to imply that it is actually an advertiseme...
2194 1930-02-17 Journal/magazine editorials Editorials from The Churchman from June to August 1929
1236 1930-02-18 Memo Interviews with prominent churchmen concerning the probable church reaction in the event of a successful prosecution of ...
681 1930-02-20 Letter Hays writes from Hollywood, saying there should be no publicity about Code until it is adopted by MPPDA. "It is no doubt...
682 1930-02-21 Letter Writing en route to New York, Hays discusses the method of financing the immediate implementation of the Production Code...
1259 1930-02-24 Memo Joy seeks and receives clarification about several Code matters, especially guidelines that apply to material that has a...
684 1930-02-24 Memo Questions on Code operation in relation to Formula; wants more information on foreign censorship; suggests withdrawing f...
683 1930-02-26 Telegram Hays understands Quigley "very much hurt" over Variety publication of Code, and asks Lord to mollify him.
1258 1930-03-01 Memo Joy wants to stop giving financial support to the National Board of Review (NBR), but Hays reacts cautiously despite the...
1264 1930-03-01 Correspondence Hays seeks the opinions of member companies as to whether to adopt Joy's suggestion to sever links with the National Boa...
1257 1930-03-04 Memo Joy wants more foreign censorship information which has not been forthcoming to date. Hays urges Herron to get on with ...
702 1930-03-08 Memo New York eliminations on Party Girl
1597 1930-03-11 Memo DeBra informing Hays of various proposals for the preservation of films of historical value. Included with this memo is ...
685 1930-03-18 Letter Letter on Production Code and AMPP: "the earnest purpose of the producers is obvious and the method of enforcement shoul...
1654 1930-03-18 Letter Re profanity in motion pictures. Jack Warner replying to pleas from MPPDA to tone down profanity. Questions individual's...
686 1930-03-26 Letter letters with press release sent to 1900 daily newspapers in US -- more detailed letter sent to 677 editorial writers o...
1252 1930-03-28 Letter Re the misrepresentation of South America in US movies, and the use of South Americans as villains. Will the new Code m...
2200 1930-04-04 Letter History of exhibitors' organizations since 1917 - MPEAA, MPTOA, Allied States.
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