Convention City (lost risque comedy film; 1933)
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Convention City is a 1933 comedy film produced by Warner Bros. It was notable for its risque humour, lewd dialogue, and full-frontal nudity. This film was among those responsible for the implementation of The Hayes Code, which censored sex and violence in films, in Hollywood.
During its production, Jack Warner urged costume designer, Hal Wallis, many times to tone down the costumes in the film. Fearing the film's artistic vision would be compromised, Wallis refused to make the costumes more family friendly. Warner also ordered for a few lines to be cut from the film, of which only a few were. When the film opened, it was heavily censored or downright banned, despite its critical acclaim. Many theatres destroyed their copies of the film, thinking it promoted corrupt morals and anti-Christian messages.
Warner Bros reportedly "junked" all remaining copies of the film in 1948. A movie theatre in Spain continued to show the film as late as 1942 and reportedly held onto its copy. This copy, though, has yet to be found. Over 200 production stills, as well as the script, survive. No copies of the film have surfaced after its apparent "junk"-ing.
In the 1990s, it became the only film whose stock footage has survived longer than the actual film itself. Stock footage of various Atlantic City establishing shots was discovered in a studio vault. In 1994, a dramatic reading of the film's script was held at a pre-Hayes Code film festival. The film is heavily sought-after for its humour and content.