Convention City (lost risqué comedy film; 1933)
Convention City is a 1933 comedy film produced by Warner Bros. It was notable for its risqué humor, 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 Hollywood movies.
During 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 and banned outright in certain areas despite its critical acclaim. Many theaters 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 theater 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 destruction.
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.