893.4061 Motion Pictures/205: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China ( Johnson )

288. Your 571, November 24, 2 p.m.78 The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Incorporated, New York City, in a letter under date November 23, states

“The Paramount office in New York have a cable from their office in China stating that the Chinese Government there has allowed them a period of 40 days in which they can go ahead and distribute their pictures and, during which period they are expected to show a print of the above-mentioned picture (‘The General Died at Dawn’) to the Chinese censors to see if some conclusion cannot be worked out to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.”

As the Embassy has already made oral representations and as the above offers a possible basis for reaching a satisfactory solution of the matter, the Department feels that it would be advisable to await developments before giving conclusive consideration to the making of a formal protest.

  1. Not printed.