ID Date Type Description Summary
510 1929-10-29 Letter Reply to editorial suggesting Hays should operate an "iron hand," outlining need for self-regulation
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 ...
548 1929-10-10 Letter MPPDA Technical Committee and AMPAS Technical Bureau (members of both listed) working on standardizing the shape of came...
508 1929-10-08 Letter Community conference -- complaints over vulgar short subjects. Wants First National to cooperate with Joy
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...
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 ...
1492 1929-09-23 Letter Letter outlining the development of arbitration in the motion picture industry (requested of Hays by Sarnoff). Letter i...
2167 1929-09-22 Letter Hays writes to straighten out an incident involving Warners cancelling the contract of a vaudeville player
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...
1491 1929-09-09 Memo Memo regarding the proposed improved arbitration statement. Wilkinson has met with Bernheimer (American Arbitration Asso...
646 1929-09-07 Memo Hays summarizes factors currently causing change in the industry (including "censoring of dialogue with sound pictures b...
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...
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...
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...
1530 1929-08-14 Memo Memo explaining attached survey of the memberships of affiliated theatres in State Exhibitors' Associations.
2162 1929-08-01 Letter Letter complaining that Universal has stolen her story "Three rainy Nights," and asking for Hays' help. Hess replies su...
638 1929-07-30 Letter Metzger details the complaints of the exhibitors against the arbitration system, the Standard Exhibition Contract, and t...
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...
1305 1929-07-11 Letter Canada censorship. Censorship problems in Canada over MGM's The Big City -- recalled in Montreal and Quebec after origin...
2150 1929-06-29 Memo Reporting convention resolution urging the MPPDA to set up a script censoring operation in Hollywood. Milliken replies ...
566 1929-06-14 Letter Hays explains the efforts of the MPPDA to accommodate the sensibilities of other countries. Note: also copy following r...
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...
521 1929-06-11 Telegram Chicago Council has refused to appropriate money for Censor Board to purchase sound equipment
555 1929-06-06 Letter Hays emphasizes the extreme importance of eliminating salacious advertising, especially in the light of the Trade Practi...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
3331 1929-03-19 Letter Discussion of bill for legal services in Ohio
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...
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...
2163 1929-03-01 Letter Letter complaining about Universal in relation to a dispute with Rogers involving Ken Maynard. Metzger of Universal deni...
2153 1929-02-27 Memo Attempts to resolve the problems over the Williams and Dawley patents from combining miniature and live action photograp...
512 1929-02-09 Letter Formula as amended -- its purpose is "to discharge our obvious duty, and incidentally to protect the industry not mere...
3325 1929-02-07 Letter Letter following up on a meeting discussing the censorship of sound. Attached are extracts from editorials.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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
2164 1929-01-16 Letter Proposes making a silent and sound version of Broadway, to gauge public reaction, as an experiment
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 ...
518 1929-01-14 Press release Hays on censor boards attempts to censor sound -- they "are presuming to censor speech
645 1929-01-09 Miscellaneous Hays sends out examples of advertisements for sex-hygiene films and related adverse editorials: "Our member companies do...
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
514 1929-01-04 Letter protesting advertising of A Woman of Affairs as The Green Hat and suggesting Authors Agreement is unworkable, since adve...
388 1928-12-21 Letter Hays tries to answer Brookharts criticisms of the arbitration system.
1476 1928-12-06 Letter Beetson updating Hays on the current patent situation which relates to composite motion pictures, particularly the proce...
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...
413 1928-12-03 Memo 'Overplay of Sex and Crime Suggested in Editorial Criticisms." collection of newspaper material objecting to crime and ...
1285 1928-12-01 Correspondence Exchange of letters between Hays and Brookhart on arbitration. Brookhart is introducing a bill to bring the motion pictu...
446 1928-11-28 Letter An example of the kind of dissatisfaction produced by the present exhibition contract. This exhibitor finds himself stu...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
2092 1928-09-10 Letter Hays reply -- a standard letter -- to Hampel of Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission 31 August 1928 protesting the number...
1292 1928-08-31 Letter Letter from Hampel of Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission 08-31-1928 protesting the number of crime films: "The Commissi...
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...
2099 1928-08-21 Letter Television licences have been granted to several companies and individuals, including RCA and Westinghouse. "Inasmuch as...
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 ...
475 1928-08-07 Various David O. Selznick directed a film partly set in Princeton with full cooperation and approval of college authorities. Whe...
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...
2085 1928-07-14 Letter Reporting appointment of AMPP Board. Henry King elected as the director's representative.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
418 1928-06-09 Memo The industry is being investigated by the Department of Justice -- especially the legality of the operations of the Bo...
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...
483 1928-06-01 Memo Specific censorship problems in the dialogue of the new talkies from Warner Bros.
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...
428 1928-05-24 Memo Milliken notes tendencies in the kinds of censorable material currently being produced. Despite gruesomeness, offensive...
2084 1928-05-23 Letter Reporting meetings relating to a cameraman's code of ethics.
3239 1928-05-10 Correspondence Walsh alleges plagiarism by Paramount Lasky in a Bebe Daniels film. Paramount denies it. Walsh persists, claiming he m...
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...
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...
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 ...
1488 1928-03-06 Miscellaneous Information regarding the introduction of cultural courses on motion pictures into colleges. The first such course, on p...
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...
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 ...
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...
1458 1928-01-17 Correspondence Demonstrations of incandescent lighting by the Technicians Branch of the Academy. These demonstrations are of new techno...
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...
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