• Short Summary

    Eric Johnston, President of the American Motion Picture Association talks about cinema tax.

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    Full title reads: "Johnston Hits At US Cinema Tax".

    Capitol Building, Washington DC, United States of America (USA).

    LV Eric Johnston, President of the American Motion Picture Association sitting at microphone talking to the House Ways and Means Committee. MV Johnston saying. 'I believe that continuation of wartime excise taxes in peacetime constitutes a drastic intrusion of Government into the regulation of business inconsistent with a free enterprise system.' CU Johnston 'Mr Chairman, I believe, with all the sincerity I can muster, that the wartime excise taxes should be repealed now.' CU California representative, King. LV Johnston talking. "Gentlemen, I'm very glad to answer that question. To millions of Americans the motion picture is the only form of entertainment. It's a form of entertainment. Which the poorer person can enjoy. We're furnishing entertainment at the cost of about 15 to 20 cents an hour. Obviously when you tax that 20%, you increase the cost and you decrease the amount of enjoyment, which people of low income brackets can have.'

    (F.G.) (Orig.I.)

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:29:00 / 01:39:40:00

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