865.4061 Motion Pictures/90: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy ( Phillips ) to the Secretary of State

517. My 487, November 24, 9 p.m.40 I have received the following from Count Ciano:

“In reply to your letter of November 23rd, I take pleasure in informing you that the exchange allotment destined for the importation of American films in Italy has been raised by another 8 million lire”.

As this is contrary to the understanding reached while Mr. Hays was in Rome and Ciano’s recent assurances to me, I am seeking an early appointment to ask for an explanation and will cable again as soon as I have seen Ciano. Please inform Mr. Hays.

Phillips
  1. Telegram transmitted for Will Hays, not printed. It was Mr. Hays’ understanding that the Italian Government had agreed to increase the exchange allotment 16 million lire over the 8 million previously allocated to a total of 24 million. (865.4061 Motion Pictures/86)