The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers v. United Detroit Theatres Corp. case proceedings
span the years 1930-1952 (bulk 1947-1952) and encompass 1.0 linear foot. The collection consists of legal
documents (in the form of case proceedings), including the plaintiff's complaint and hearing transcript,
court documents from similar past cases, and depositions. There are also theater booking contracts,
interviews with exhibitors, and correspondence.
The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers, Inc. (SIMPP) was an American film trade
organization formed in 1942 to strengthen and protect the role and function of the independent producer,
to adhere to sound artistic and economic practices, and to promote the wise use of the medium of motion
pictures. In 1948, SIMPP filed the first antitrust suit brought by producers against exhibitors (in this
case, the United Detroit Theatres Corporation) alleging monopoly and restraint of trade.
1 linear feet of papers.
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