Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger

[Los Angeles]: Columbia Pictures, 1954.

Price: $450.00

Softcover. Quarto. [2], 11, [2], [9]pp. Bradbound in blue wrappers. Near fine with some toning and wear at the edges. An internal Columbia Pictures report on the ability of the 1946 Durango Kidd film *Two-Fisted Stranger* to be broadcast on television. The report, which is signed by its author Arthur S. Katz on the second page, presents his decision that the film is "Not Safe to Televise." The report included sections analyzing various contracts from the screenwriter, director, and actors to the ownership and publishing history of the music used in the film. During the early days of television many legal barriers to the studio's ability to broadcast films over the airwaves was still being determined in the courts. This report, which references several of those ongoing legal disputes, ultimately rules that *Two-Fisted Stranger* is unacceptable for broadcast solely because the section of actor Smiley Burnette's contract that agrees to "commercial tie-ups" has been struck from his contract. Despite the decision, Katz suggests that ongoing litigation may change this determination. An interesting internal studio document showing the affects of television on film, not as a detriment to ticket sales, but as an opportunity to leverage old films to creates a new revenue stream.

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Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger. Durango Kid.
Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger
Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger
Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger
Columbia Pictures Television Report for Two-Fisted Stranger