861.4061 Motion Pictures/29: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Standley) to the Secretary of State

58. We have had discussions with the Soviet authorities with regard to the exchange of motion pictures and I consider it to be important that we take advantage of the good start that has been made by supplying at least a few films with the least possible delay. While I realize that, apart from newsreels, we shall have to rely upon sea transport for the supply of films I request that as an exceptional measure General George78 be asked to arrange high air priority for six documentary films which should be obtained by Begg79 through the Office of War Information. These should be lavenders or fine grain duplicating negatives of outstanding pictures on the following subjects: war training, production of war material, industry, agriculture, surgery, education and mining.

  1. Maj. Gen. Harold Lee George, Commanding General, Air Transport Command, U.S. Army Air Forces.
  2. John M. Begg, Assistant Chief of the Division of Cultural Relations.