At just 110 pounds, Sullivan, Indiana-native Will Hays was not exactly the imposing figure you’d expect to be the film industry’s regulator, but he nevertheless left a substantial mark on the movie industry during the first half of the twentieth century.
To learn more about Will Hays and the MPPDA, check out Stephen Vaughn’s article from the Indiana Magazine of History.
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Written and produced by Justin Clark.
Footage of Will Hays and Irene Dunne courtesy of the Indiana State Library.
Music: “Days Are Long”, “7th Floor Tango”, and “Time Stops” by Silent Partner