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Film Renting (Restrictive Conditions)

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the protection given to the British cinema industry, he will investigate the restrictive conditions which govern the booking of films by British exhibitors under which Hollywood insists on their taking mediocre films before they are allowed to rent the more pretentious productions?

No, Sir. It is a common practice among film distributors, both in this country and in the United States, to refuse to allow exhibitors to book only their best films, and to reject the rest. I have no reason to believe that British exhibitors regard this practice as unreasonable.