Cinema: Federal Council v. Hays

When, in 1922, Will H. Hays was made president of a representative organization which called itself Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc., the religious bodies which had previously been alarmed by the pernicious moral influences exerted by the cinema industry were vastly relieved. To them, it seemed that the scabrous ideals of the ignorant money grubbers who were producing moving pictures could be effectively counteracted by the efforts of an able, high-minded Presbyterian elder and ex-Postmaster General.

In June 1929, the Episcopal liberal weekly The Churchman published an attack on Tsar...

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