865.4061 Motion Pictures/91a: Telegram

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

179. Will Hays informed us this afternoon that the reply which you received from the Foreign Office with regard to points 1 and 3 of the agreement reached is unsatisfactory.41 The motion picture industry considers these two points of the agreement as of outstanding importance. It was our understanding and that of the industry that all these points were satisfactorily agreed upon while Mr. Hays was in Rome. We cannot now understand the reason for the changed attitude on the part of the Italian Government. I need not emphasize to you the importance which we place upon the reaching of a satisfactory arrangement in this matter, and you will of course impress this upon the Italian authorities in your discussions with them.

  1. Reply not printed; points 1 and 3 are contained in telegram No. 424, October 22, noon, from the Ambassador in Italy, p. 367.