865.4061 Motion Pictures/90: Telegram
The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 10—7:20 a.m.]
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.
- 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)↩