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Some introductory anecdotes and an appreciation of Canada. The "Canadian Co-operation Project" which has allowed films to keep moving from Hollywood studios to Canadian screens. American tourist dollars spent in Canada. 12 films on United States' screens each of which was devoted in whole or in part to a portrayal of Canada's beauties and attractions in summer and in winter. The serious film "Neighbour to the North" which summarized the trade and dollar problem confronting Canada in her relationships to Britain and to the U.S. 13 top-flight Hollywood stars who made recordings about Canada which were used on 400 radio stations in the U.S. along with musical programs of the Canadian Leslie Bell Singers. This "Canadian Co-operation Project" a credit to men of imagination and goodwill who repudiated any iron curtain techniques of bans and quotas. The internationalism of Hollywood. Reference to Canadian actors on the silver screen. Hollywood also the centre of the art of story telling through the universal language of pictures. Responsibilities to the world audience. Opposition to an iron curtain on ideas and a refusal to accept dictation from any group which for any reason seeks to place Hollywood in an artistic straight-jacket. Reasons why today Hollywood is making more adult pictures. Some remarks about the upcoming Academy Awards. The trend toward adult entertainment, toward realism as reflected in the nominations for the Academy Awards. The therapeutic value in sheer escapism. Hollywood also as a medium of information. The same claim to the rights of freedom of expression enjoyed by the press and the pulpit by the motion picture industry. Hollywood as the centre of an industry. The boom town that is Hollywood. The codes of self regulation which leaders of the motion picture industry adopted in 1930 to provide standards for the moral content of motion pictures and criteria of good taste for their titles and advertising. A discussion of censorship. The Advertising Code. Opportunities and obligations in areas outside of North America. Films from North American constituting the main source of screen entertainment. The Motion Picture Export Association, organized a few weeks after the end of World War II. Activities of that Association. Canada's stake in Hollywood.