JUDICIARY: Cinemas, Wives

Last week the Supreme Court of the U. S. handed down the first two notable decisions in its current session.

Block Booking. For the past four or five years U. S. cinemagnates, combined as Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc. (Will Hays, president), have striven to stabilize their industry. To this end they tried to make all theatre-owners contract for films—good or bad—a year ahead. This practice is called "block booking." To facilitate booking, block and "spot," the producers created 32 Film Boards of Trade. To these boards they gave powers of credit-approval. Into the contracts with theatre-owners...

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