Will Hays Becomes the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association’s “Movie Czar”

Will Hays leaves President Warren G. Harding’s Cabinet and is hired to form the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association as its “movie czar.” The group is formed to replace the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry, which was unable to stop the pro-censorship movement in New York. Hays’ job was ostensibly to clean up movie content by putting pressure on producers.

Later renamed the Motion Picture Association of America, this body goes on to create the rating system based on age appropriateness we know today.


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