Cinema: Lowell v. Block Booking

Three months ago, as chairman of the Motion Picture Research Council, President Emeritus Abbott Lawrence Lowell of Harvard signed a petition to President Roosevelt asking that the cinema code include restrictions on block booking. President Roosevelt signed the code without such restrictions and appointed Dr. Lowell. Eddie Cantor and Marie Dressier as Government representatives to the Code Authority. Last week Dr. Lowell refused the appointment. His reasons, explained in letters to General Johnson, showed a remarkably sound knowledge of the cinema industry.

Dr. Lowell's first letter complained that the code, instead of...

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