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Warner Bros. Stud'os. Bronson ave. and Sunset
Blvd., Hollywood, Cal. New York office, 1600
Broadway, N. Y. C. S. L. Warner, manager of
productions; Gilbert Pratt, director; Park Reis,
cameraman. Producing series twelve two-reel
comedies starring Monte Ranks for Federated
Exchanges, Inc.. and series five-reel western
subjects co-starring Juanita Hansen and Sylves-
ter Mazette for independent distribution.

Warner's Exchange, Inc., 1600 Broadway, N. Y.
C. Albert Warner, president; Harry M. War-
ner, vice-president; Robert North, secretary;
L. Lawrence Weber, treasurer; Lon Young, ad-
vertising and publicity; Ben Schwartz, sales
manager.

Edward Warren Productions, 25 West 45th st..
N. Y. C. Edward Warren.

F. B. Warren Corporation. 1540 Broadway. N. Y.
C. New York corporation, capitalized $1.500.-
000. Ederar Moss, vice-president. Dwight S.
Perrin. Wm. H. Jenner, Fred Warren. Mr.
Jenner will have supervision of F. B. Warren
offices in Los Angeles. San Francisco, Seattle
and Denver. Headquarters in Los Angeles. Cal.

L,. Lawrence Weber Photo Dramas, Inc., Long-
acre Theatre, 48th st. and Broadway, N. Y. C.



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L. Lawrence Weber, president; Lee Shubert,
vice-president; Bobby North, secretary, treas-
urer and general manager. Company pro-
duces independent features. (See also Apollo
Trading Corporation.)

Lois Weber Productions, 4634 Santa Monica blvd.,
Los Angeles, Cal. Lois Weber, producer; Phillip
Smalley, advisory director; Wm. H. Carr, studio
manager; Phillip Du Bois and Gordon Jennings,
cameramen; Frank Ormston, art director; A. G.
Walker, film editor; H. H. Harrod, electri-
cian. Past subjects released by Famous Play-
ers-Lasky. Future distribution arrangements
unannounced.
Weiss Bros., Loew Bldg., N. Y. C. Bert Ennis,

" Adventures of Tarzan."
Billy West Comedies, 1116 Lodi st,. Hollywood,

Cal.

Roland West Film Productions, 260 West 42nd st.,
N. Y. C. Roland West, president; Chas. H.
Smith, general manager; E. Corbett and G.
Sears, advertising and publicity; Joseph Roth-
man, asst. on productions. Studio 318 East
48th st., N. Y. C. Company productions star-
ring Jewel Carmen.

Western Feature Productions, Inc., 5545 Holly-
wood blvd., Hollywood, Cal. F. M. Sanford,
president; A. J. Xydias, secretary and treas-
urer. Producing series six and five reel west-
ern features. W. Hughes Curran, director.
Western Pictures Exploitation Company, H. W.
Heilman Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal. Studio
Brunton studios. Company distributes finished
products. Irving M. Lesser, president and gen-
eral manager; Harry D. Wilson, advertising
and publicity. Mr. Lesser formed organization
a year ago. Latest film to be distributed is
David Butler's " Making the Grade." (See also
David Butler Productions.)

Western Star Productions, 620 Sunset blvd., Los
Angeles, Cal. Phillip Goldstone, general mana-
ger. Producing series of five-reel western fea-
tures.

Wheeler Productions, Inc., 1520 Broadway, N. Y.
C. Clifford Slater Wheeler, president; Arthur
Donald Bate, vice-president; Charles Stern
Schloss, secretary; Russell H. Trimble, treas-
urer; Robert N. Marx, general manager. Stu-
dio During production only, space rented at
Brunton or Universal City, Cal. (See also
Greater America Films.)
Jacob Wilk, Longacre Bldg., N. Y. C.
Willat Productions, Inc., Culver City, Cal. C. A.
Willat, president and general manager; Irvin
V. Willat, vice-president and treasurer; Bert
Adler, publicity; H. G. Oliver, art director;
John S. Waters, asst. director; J. J. Murray,
business manager. Studios Culver City, Cal.
Cyrus J. Williams Productions, 4811 Fountain
ave., Hollywood, Cal. Albert H. Hayes, presi-
dent; Albert C. Jones, vice-president; Cyrus J.
Williams, secretary, treasurer and general man-
ager; Phil H. White, publicity; W. E. Silsby,



technical director; Robt. North Bradbury, di-
rector. Studios Brentwood studios. Making
series of Tom Santschi westerns and adven-
tures of Bill and Bob. Released through
Pathe.

Williamson Bros., 1482 Broadway, N. Y. C. (See
also Submarine Film Corporation.)

Ben Wilson Productions, 5821 Sana Monica Blvd.,
Hollywood, Cal. Ben Wilson. Making five-reel
features and serials distributed by Arrow Film
Corporation. (See also Berwilla Film Corpora-
tion.)

Wistaria Productions, Inc., 1520 Broadway, N. Y.
C. Frank F. Gallagher, president; Thomas de
Vaney, vice-president and secretary; Frank
Gallagher, treasurer; R. E. Shanahan, general
manager; Tom Oliphant, advertising and pub-
licity. Studio the Estee studio.

Wondergraf Production Corporation, 6050 Sunset
blvd., Hollywood, Cal. C. H. Gpwman, presi-
dent; Charles J. Wilson, vice-president and gen-
eral manager; J. W. Wolst, treasurer; W. L.
Desnoyers, Jr., secretary. California corpora-
tion, capital stock $150,000. Organized Decem-
ber, 1920. Producing series of one and two
reel novelties with the Wilson process invented
by Charles J. Wilson, to be released under fol-
lowing trade names: " Wondergrafs," " Stay-
at-Home Tourists," " The Little Players,"
" Cameo Playlets." C. J. Wilson, Jr., director
of productions.

World Film Corporation, 130 West 46th st., N. Y.
C. Milton C. Work.

Harold Bell Wright Story Pictures Corporation,
1511 Cahuenga st., Los Angeles, Cal. E. W.
Reynolds, president and general manager;
Charles M. Stogie, treasurer; George L. Belcher,
secretary; Harold Bell Wright, director general.



Y



Clara Kimball Young: Productions, c/o Garson
studios, Inc., 1854 Glendale blvd., Los Angeles,
Cal. Product released by Equity Pictures Cor-
poration, 33 West 42nd St., N. Y. C. Clara Kim-
ball Young, star.

Elmer H. Young 1 , Inc., Lissner Bldg., Los An-
geles, Cal. W. C. Beck, president; A. C. Walsh,
secretary and treasurer; E. L. Symonds, general
manager. Incorporated under California laws
for $75,000. Making cartoons % reel in length.
Intend to make advertising and industrial sub-
jects and comedies. E. H. Young, director and
scenario writer.



Z



Zenith Features, Inc., c/o Louis B. Mayer studios,
3800 Mission Road, Los Angeles, Cal.

Ziegrfeld Cinema Corporation, Delmonico's, Fifth
ave. and 44th st., N. Y. C. W. K. Ziegfeld,
president. " The Black Panther's Cub."



DIGEST OF FILM LEGISLATION

Compiled by Edmond F. Supple



CALIFORNIA

Title Senator Eden Bill (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for the review
of all motion-pictures by a state commission
and imposing a fee on the producer for the re-
view of his film product. Under the act no pic-
ture could be barred from distribution or exhi-
bition; the board would simply recommend or
condemn the picture publicly.

Disposition Defeated in the Senate by vote
of 26 to 9.

Title The Bishop Bill (Tickets)

Provisions Prohibited the sale of tickets to
places of amusement unless a seat was im-
mediately available for the purchaser.

Disposition Passed the Assembly but was
killed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Title The Colburn Bill ("Objectionable" Scenes)

Provisions An act fixing as a misdemeanor,
punishable by a fine not less than $300 and not
more than $500 or by imprisonment from three
to six months, the showing in any amusement
place of a motion or stereopticon picture repre-
senting " The interior of a saloon, barroom, pub-
lic dance-hall or other public place where in-
toxicating liquors are sold or are represented as
being consumed or for sale."

Disposition Killed in the Assembly Committee
on Public Morals. (Twa other bills of sub-
stantially the same character as the foregoing
were introduced by Mr. Colburn; they were like-



wise defeated in committee.)

Title The Hurley House Bill No. 44 (Censorship)

Provisions An act making the exhibition of
pictures unlawful which had not been first ex-
amined and approved by the state superintend-
ent of public instruction. Provided for a fine of
from $25 to $100 for every day that an unap-
proved picture was shown.

Disposition Died in Assembly Committee on
Public Morals.

CONNECTICUT

Judiciary committee of the Senate reported
unanimously against a bill providing for the
closing of theatres on Sundays.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

(Tickets)

Provisions An act to restrict ticket sales to
the seating capacity of the theatre; with a re-
duction of ten per cent, in the purchase price
for the sale of standing room, and giving the
purchaser the privilege of taking a vacated seat.

Disposition Still pending in Congress. (This
and two other acts restricting the sale of tickets
to the seating capacity of the theatre are intend-
ed only for local application to the District of
Columbia. All the measures are pending.)
Title Motion Picture Film Theft Act.
(Film Theft)

Provisions An act providing for a fine or im-



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prisonment for Individuals who transport in
interstate commerce a motion-picture film or
negative, " knowing the same to have been
stolen."

Disposition Failed to pass.

Title National Film Museum.

Provision An act authorizing the Librarian
of Congress or the Director of the National
Museum to have preserved a motion-picture
film that recorded a historical or otherwise note-
worthy ev'ent.

Disposition Failed to pass either house.

The International Reform Bureau sought in
the early part of the Congressional session to
have a bill introduced providing for national
censorship of motion-pictures, placing the ad-
ministration of the law under the Bureau of
Education. The Commissioner of Education
would have been authorized under the act to
name a national commission of five members to
review all pictures. The Bureau failed to find
a sponsor for the measure in Congress and were
obliged to abandon their efforts to secure Con-
gressional action on the proposed legislation.

FLORIDA

Title The Futch House Bill No. 430. (Censor-
ship)

Provisions An act providing for the creation
of a Board of Censors and a system of examin-
ation, approval and regulation of all motion-
pictures and slides and advertisements used in
connection with such films. This -was amended
to provide for the appointment by the Governor
of three members of the National Observation
Board. In its amended form, the measure re-
quires that all pictures shown must be passed
by this Board or by the National Board of Re-
view.

Disposition Passed by the House in its
amended, form.

IDAHO
(Censorship)

Provisions An act to regulate the public ex-
hibition of motion-pictures ' and providing for a
system of examination and approval of films
and advertising matter used in connection there-
with. The Board of Review to consist of three
members paid $10 per day and all traveling
expenses incurred in the execution of their
duties. The price to be charged for examin-
ation to be $2 per reel, whether original or
copies; the same fee to cover the examination
of all advertising matter intended for use in
connection with the films examined. The bill
made it mandatory for the Board to approve
all films unless adjudged cruel, obscene, inde-
cent or immoral or conducive to the debasing
or corruption of morals.

Disposition Died in State Affairs Committee
of Senate.

ILLINOIS
Title Senate Bill No. 207 (Censorship)

Provisions an act to regulate the exhibition
of motion-pictures and advertising matter in
connection therewith.

Disposition Came up for reading in Senate
May 17th and postponed for further action
Title House Bill No. 543 (Stink-Bombs)

Provisions An act prohibiting the use otf
stink-bombs and offensive smelling substances
for the purpose of injuring, molesting or coerc-
ing another; and prescribing the penalty for the
violation thereof.

Disposition Passed.
Title Senate Bill No. 269 (Stink-Bombs)

Provisions An act to prohibit the manufac-
ture, sale, distribution, and use of stink-bombs
and similar devices.

Disposition Now in hands of committee and
will be amended to include acids) sneezing pow-
ders, etc.

Title House Bill No. 771 (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for the creation
of a state motion-picture commission for the
regulation of motion-pictures.

Disposition Pending. (Will probably not be
acted upon.)

Title House Bill No. 408 (Deposits)

Provisions An act providing that all deposits
on motion-pictures be placed in a trust bank in
the state in which the contracts have been made.

Disposition Sill still pending.

INDIANA

Title Nelson House Bill No. 322 (Censorship)

Provisions An act to create a motion-picture
censorship under the direction of the State



Board of Education.

Disposition Passed House by a vote of 60 to
19. Was killed in the Senate.

Title Johnson House Bill No. 347 (Sunday
Closing)

Provisions Prohibited Sunday baseball games
and Sunday motion-picture shows when admis-
sion was to be charged.

Disposition Reported favorably by Committee
on Public Morals, advanced to second reading,
engrossed and permitted to die without further
action.

Title Humphrey's Senate Bill No. 299 ("Objec-
tionable Films")

Provisions Fixed a penalty of from $25 to
$250 for the exhibition of immoral, obscene, in-
humane or indecent motion-pictures.

Disposition Passed Senate by vote of 26 to 9,
permitted to die in House Committee on Public
Morals.

IOWA

Title Greenell Senate Bill No. 414 (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for the censor-
ship of motion-pictures under the direction of
the Board of Education.

Disposition Died in Judiciary Committee of
the Senate.

Title Stoddard Senate Bill No. 549 (Fire Pre-
vention)

Provisions An act requiring fireproof booths
from which to project motion-picture film.

Disposition Referred to Committee on Cities
and Towns.

Title Weaver House Bill No. 460 (Admission
Tax)

Provisions An act providing for a state tax
on admission fees to amusement enterprises.

Disposition Following recommendation by
Committee on Ways and Means that act be
amended, its author withdrew the measure.
Title House Bill No. 703 (Censorship)

Provisions An act to create a Board of Cen-
sors for motion-pictures; the board to consist
of three persons at a salary of $3,000 a year.

Disposition after being amended to read
" motion-picture show," the bill was passed by
the House by a vote of 61 to 34. The measure
was reported to sifting committee on the last
day of the session.

KANSAS

A measure introduced to increase the salaries
of the state board of censors was defeated by
the House.

MARYLAND

(Legislature met last in January, 1920; con-
venes again in January, 1922.)

Title Baltimore Sunday Motion-Picture Bill

Provisions An act providing for a referen-
dum vote on the question of legalizing motion-
pictures on Sundays.

Disposition Passed. Lord's Day Alliance on
appeal to Court of Appeals in Annapolis won
suit to prevent the holding of the referendum.
This decision was handed down October 15th,
1920, less than a month before the fall election.

Title Motion-Picture Censor Seal

Provisions An enactment, in addition to the
1916 act that created the state Board of Censors,
providing for the protection of the Board's of-
ficial seal.

Disposition Passed by both houses and signed
by the governor.

Attorney-General Alexander Armstrong in 1920
handed down a ruling denying that the Board of
Censors had the right to determine whether ad-
vertising matter does, as a fact, contain proper
or improper material. The ruling pointed out
that the law was defective in this respect.

MASSACHUSETTS

Title House Bill No. 1504 (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for motion-pic-
ture censorship under the Commissioner of Pub-
lic Sufety. No picture shall be exhibited unless
approved by the Commissioner of Public Safety.
Owner or lessee of film if aggrieved has right
to hearing before Commissioner; and if still
aggrieved has right of appeal to superior court
sitting in equity. Commissioner may appoint
Comity director at annual salary not to exceed
$3.500 to enforce provisions of this act. First
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succeeding violation entails fine not exceeding

Disposition Passed by the Legislature and
signed by the Governor. The bill, however, is
subject to the wishes of the people as expressed
in a referendum vote to be held in the Decem-
ber election of 1922.

MICHIGAN

Title Edward V. Strom House Bill No. 7 (Cen-
sorship)

Provisions An act providing for the creation
of a " motion-picture board of censors." A sub-
stitute measure provides that the censoring of
all films shall be done by the State Adminis-
trative Board.

Disposition Passed the House but died in
committee after being referred to the Senate
for action.

Title William Smith-Eva Hamilton Bill (Cen-
sorship)

Provisions An act creating a Board of Censors
headed by the Superintendent of Public Instruc-
tion.

Disposition Died in committee before reach-
ing the House.

MISSOURI

Title Senate Bill No. 184 (Censorship)

Provisions Bill provided for the creation of
a censorship board, consisting of two men and
one woman, to be appointed by the Governor,
at a salary of $3,000 a year. Board shall dis-
approve such films as are deemed sacrilegious,
obscene, indecent or immoral. An exhibitor if
aggrieved has the right of appeal from the de-
cision of the board to the circuit court of the
proper county.

Disposition Reported favorably by Judiciary
committee. Senate by vote of 17 to 14 refused
to take up the bill, the measure being allowed
to die,

Title House Bill No 277 (Censorship)

Provisions Bill provides that it shall be un-
lawful to sell, lease, lend or exhibt any film or
slide not approved by the State Board of Cen-
sers. The measure further provides for a censor-
ship board of three persons, consisting of two
men and one woman, to be appointed by the
Governor at an annual salary of $3,000 for one,
two, and three years, the respective terms to be
designated by the Governor. Failure by the ex-
hibitor to display on the screen the Board's seal
is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceed-
ing $50 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days.
Violation of any other provison of this act is
punishable by fine not exceeding $500 or im-
prisonment not exceeding sixty days. Films for
purely educational, charitable, or religious pur-
poses exhibited by educational or religious organ-
izations do not come under the act.

Disposition Passed the House. Referred to
Senate Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence,
where it was allowed to die.

Title Amendment to Kansas City Censorship
Ordinance

Provisions Provides that twenty taxpayers,
instead of fifteen citizens, should be necessary
to sign a petition protesting a film and appeal-
ing the action of the city censor in passing the
film.

Disposition Passed by both houses but ve-
toed by the Mayor. (A substitute amendment
provides that twenty or more adult residents of
Kansas Oitv who have witnessed the entire film.
which might be deemed objectionable, may ap-
peal from any action of the city cenpor by filincr
written application for appeal. This measure
is still pending.)

NEBRASKA

Title Senate Bill No. 120 ^National Censorship
Recom m en d ed )

Provisions- An act memorializing the Coneress
of the United States to pas^ a national motion-
picture censorship regulation.

Disposition Passed and signed by the Gov-
ernor.

Title Senate Bill No. 349 (Deposits)

Provisions Bill regulates film contract de-
posits. It provides that this money remain the
property of the exhibitor he is. to get interest
if there be any the money to he kept in t^ust
fund and not mixed with other funds of produc-
ers or exhibtors.

Dispositon Passed by both houses and signed
by the Governor.



Title House Bill No. 113 (Censorship)

Provisions This measure, known as the Child
Welfare Bill, provides for the creation of a cen-
sorship board. In the Senate an amendment pro-
posed called for film exchanges to put up $1000
bond and defined a penalty of $250 fine for any
exhibitor who should run an objectionable film
knowingly.

Disposition The House passed the orignal bill
and refused to concur in the amendment proposed
by the Senate. Both houses then passed the bill
in its original form. The bill was vetoed by the
Governor.

NEW YORK

Title Lusk-Clayton Bill (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for state censor-
ship by commisson of three members, appointed
by the Governor at a salary of $7,500 each for a
term of five years. Law effective August 1, 1921.
Fees to be $3 for each 1,000 feet or less and $2
per thousand feet for each additional copy. Cur-
rent events, scientific and educational film, or
those intended solely for charitable, educational
or religious purposes, are exempt from examina-
tion but owner must file affidavit describing the
film. Owner of film if aggrieved has right of
review before full commisson or through certiorari
proceedings. Advertising matter also subject to
censorship regulations.

Dispositon Passed by both houses and signed
by the Governor.

Title The Flynn Bill (Operators' License)

Provisions An act amending the general city
law relative to licenses for operators of motion-
picture projectors.

Dispositon Died in House committee.
Title The Betts Bill (Chapter 520 of Laws of
1921) (Deceptive Advertising)

Provisons The bill provides that any person or
concern offering for sale, or who advertises in
any way, or circulates any merchandise or service
that is untrue, deceptive or misleading, is guilty
of a misdemeanor.

Disposition Passed and signed by the Gov-
ernor.

OKLAHOMA

Title Board of Censors Bill (Censorship)

Provisions An act providing for the appoint-
ment by the Governor of three members of a
board of censorship before whom all pictures
must be submitted for approval before being ex-
hibted in the state.

Disposition Died in Committee.

Title Anti-Notoriety Bill

Provisions An act prohibiting the displaying on
the screen of any film showing any person con-
victed of murder, bank or train robbery, or any
other sensational crime.

Dispositon Died in committee.

OREGON

Title Charles Childs House Bill No. 172 (Cen-
sorship)

Provisions An act providing for a Board of
Censors to consist of five members appointed
by the Governor and serving without compen-
sation. These members are to select in turn
as many viewers as necessary, each viewer to
receive not more than $125 monthly.

Disposition Passed the House but was killed
in the Senate.

Title Childs-FIetcher House Bill No. 148 (" Ob-
jectionable " Scenes)

Provisions An act providing that all scenes
featuring gun play, methods of committing
crimes, acts of violence, suggestiveness or nal-
aciousness whether on the screen, in the adver-
tising or the exploitation are illegal and punish-
n i>l e v w a fine of not less than $50 or more
** qn u^oO. The bill also prohibited girls under
16 and boys under 18 from attending motion-
picture performances.

Disposition Passed by the House but was
killed in the Senate.

PENNSYLVANIA

Title McConneM Senf'e B'll 9*3 (Salary In-
creases for Censors)

Provisions Bill provided for an increase in
fv 2 salaries of th members and employees of
the state Board of Censors from $35,000 to $81,-
000 a year.

Disno'-ition Passed by Legislature and signed
by the Governor.



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Title Glass Jlou.se Bill No. 1074 (Building Reg-
ulations)

Provisions An act to amend the building laws
of first-class cities so as to permit the placing
of stores, office-rooms, etc., above or immediate-
ly adjoining the auditoriums of theatres.

Disposition Passed by Legislature and signed
by the Governor.

Title" Equal Rights " Bill

Provisions An act providing that the same
privileges be given negroes as white people in
theatres and all other places of public entertain-
ment or accommodation.

Disposition Passed the House by big major-
ity but was beaten by the action of the Senate
which voted to sustain its Law and Order Com-
mittee in the latter's decision, by a vote of 8
to 6, not to report the measure on the floor of
the Senate.
Title Blumberg House Bill No. 684 (Tickets)

Provisions An act to prohibit the sale of
tickets in excess of the seating capacity of tht
theatre and prohibiting standing in the aisles.

Disposition Died in House Ways and Means
Committee.
Title Brady House Bill No. 205 (Receipts' Tax)

Provisions An act to impose a tax of one per
n on the gross receipts of motion-picture
theatres.

Disposition Died in Senate Committee on
Finance.

RHODE ISLAND

Title Cianciarulo House Bill No. 519 (Sunday
Opening)

Provisions An act to legalize motion-picture
performances on Sunday between 3 and 6PM



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