I know of no Hays or Breen "Commissions" charged with investigating the effects of cinematic violence. Indeed, this is a subject both would have assiduously avoided, since both (Hays as the head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association and Breen as head of the MPPPDA's Production Code Authority) were responsible, in one way or another, for declaiming the positive social and cultural effects of Hollywood's product. I suspect the orginal posting was after the Payne Fund Studies, commissioned by the Motion Picture Research Council and conducted between 1929 and 1932, investigating deleterious effects of motion pictures on children. A summary of the findings was published by H. J. Forman in 1933 as *Our Movie Made Children,* and clearly served as an impetus to the formation of the Legion of Decency and Hay's response to the Legion, the PCA. A modest proposal: For the benefit of its administrators and future generations who plumb the SCREEN-L archives, I suggest more descriptive subject lines than "Need info." _______________________________________________________________________________ William Lafferty, PhD Department of Theatre Arts [log in to unmask] Wright State University office (937) 775-4581 or 3072 Dayton, OH 45435-0001 USA facsimile (937) 775-3787 The universe was once conceived almost as a vast preserve, landscaped for heroes, plotted to provide them the appropriate adventures. The rules were known and respected, the adversaries honorable, the oracles articulate and precise as the directives of a six-lane parkway. Errors of weakness or vanity led, with measured momentum, to the tragedy which resolved everything. Today, the rules are ambiguous, the adversary is concealed in aliases, the oracles broadcast a babble of contradictions. --- Maya Deren, from her notes for *At Land* ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.