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Memorandum for the Adjutant General [Adams]
March 20, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Everywhere I go, out with the troops, I find complimentary references to the operation of the War Department moving picture set-up. However, I find a unanimity of feeling against the restriction on releasing pictures in less than a month, to two months in some cases, after they have been shown in the adjacent community. To me it is an absurd situation, where an army village of double and treble the size of the community has pictures one to two months older than are shown in the small theatres of that community. I think we should proceed immediately to correct this. The reasons that may have governed under the peace-time life of the Army certainly do not apply to these young men who are turned out in this emergency. They don’t understand such a procedure and you can’t blame them. The local theatres are overwhelmed as it is and the local communities receive the major financial benefits of the proximity of the camps.
Please let me have a comment with regard to this matter. I want the basis of taking this up directly with the moving picture people.
General Devers suggests that moving picture theatre tickets should be placed in Batteries and Companies for sale to enlisted men, as is done with Post Exchange coupons.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 447-448,