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The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres

The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres(1953)

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  • more 'selected shorts'!

    • r
    • 12/21/12

    Probably the most interesting thing on TCM today. I really do appreciate these old, newsy snippets. It's a real education. Although skewed heavily in show biz favor it was very educational & taught me much I did not know.

  • John Dingell

    • Annalee
    • 8/10/11

    Representative John Dingell was mentioned in the clip. He began his career in the House of Representatives in 1932. This documentary was made in 1953. He was STILL in office. In 1955 his SON was elected to his seat upon his death. His son, John Dingell Jr STILL holds that seat in 2011. Collectively, the Dingells have held the same seat for nearly 80 years. Thanks to watching this clip, my interest was peaked and I had to do a little research. Thanks TCM for today's lesson! Watching your channel is always educational as well as entertaining!

  • Please run this one again soon!

    • Annalee
    • 8/10/11

    I turned this on about half way through it and was fascinated. It was interesting to hear people speak humbly and not to the camera. Also, each person was very well spoken. I wish I had recorded it so I could share it with my college students taking Broadcast History courses. When will it be on again? Soon, I hope.

  • William Conrad

    • Paul
    • 7/24/11

    If you watch closely towards the end of the movie you can see William Conrad (Cannon) tending bar and throwing a towel at the TV.

  • Interesting 1953 look at small town movie theaters

    • Steve
    • 8/5/10

    A long forgotten tax on movie theater tickets is not very relvant today, but this is an interesting look at a forgotten bit of American history. Interesting mainly because it features brief clips and interviews of 3 or 4 small midwestern towns / Theater owners. In 1953, not everyone was practised in the art of talking to the camera, so we see folks as they were, not a prettied up sound bite. The opening credits are very enjoyable, in a corny way: "The Entire Movie Industry Presents"!.I hope they repeat it, so I can record it!

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