864

lYIANUFtA.CTURES

1940

No.

S61.-MoTION-PICTURE PRODUCTION-SUMMARY:

1921

TO

1937

NOTE.-All money figures are in thousands of dollars. Data represent the activities of the motlon·plcture
studios nndlnboratorlcs. They do not include the uistrlbution of films and thoir projection in theatres.
No datu are included for establishments which rcportcu less than $5,000 as tho cost of work dono. '1'he
motion·picture industry has been canvassed,since 1921, In connection with tho Biennial Census of Manu·
factures. It is not, howcver, a manufncturlnglndustry, but was treated as such prior to 1931
AND
PEltSONS ENGAGED SALARIES
WAGES
Cost of
Num·
Cost of studio Onst of
bel' of
contract supplies, produc·
ostah· S!llaried v)'ngcs
fuel,
tlou
work
1Ish- officers earners
ments and em- (average Salaries Wages
etc.'
ployees for yoar)
-~--------,

YE.AR AND STATE

UNITED STATES
1021. ________________________
,_
1023 ____________ • ______________
1925_ ... ________________________
1927 _______________ • _______ • ___
1929 ____________ • __________ • ___
1931 _______________________ ., __
1933 ___________________________
1935 ___________________________
1937 ____________ • __________ • ___

127
97
132
142
142
140
92
129
83

STA1'ES, 1937
California _________________ • ___
Los Angeles_ .. _______________
Remainder of state _________
Illinois.. ______________________
New YOrlL ___________________
Other States .. _________________

35
24
11
7
21
20

4,400
6,259
3,496
6,408
5, Q45
5,573
7,598
8,415
8,818
10,784
4
, 83?O, 777
3 8,
12,675
14,917
15,845
18,779

;66

14,007
6,787
7,220
07
1,421
350

16,398
8,558
7,840
g9
1,462
830

22,953
21,824
35,951
56,299
60,168

14,740
16,601
13,066
18,637
24,860

24, 6811
35, 204

663
1,60n
5,369
15,477
11.312
12,015
4,028
5,145
7,013

31, 190
30,657
33,258
34,867
38,441
32,222
26, 153
29, 541
35,575

77,397
8f>,418
93,636
131,343
184,102
154,436
119,343
161,865
197,741

79, 743
104, 324

101,419
52,231
49,189
136
2,039
730

31,533
16, .500
15,033
117
2,478
1,137

5,175
1,454
3,721
14
1,586
237

25,330
17,027
8,302
146
5,206
4,893

171,943
87,705
84,178
481
16,378
8, ll39'

270,037
s 52, 948
18, 395

PRODUCTS, BY KIND AND COST, AND REOEIPTS FOR WORK DONE
1931

1933

1935

1937

--------- ---- --- --- --Total cost of
work done ___ 104,436 119,343 161,865 197,741

--- - - - --- - - Negative films, cosL_ 108,560 82,280 118,673 131,755

Theatrical:
Number _______ "_ 1,227 1,059 1,094 3,942
Cost _____________ 100,005 77,536 110,971; 126,039
News, cost. ________ 3,422
Advertising, cost. .. 4,664 }'4,576 '4,940 '4,540
324
Educational, cost __
409
168
Other films, cost ___ ------- ------- 2,434 }'1,170

1931

1933

1935

1937

.--.- - - - - - - Unfinished produc·
tlons, cost __________ 14,729 14,581 15,684 33,075
Laboratory work:
Positive films,
cost ______ • _______ 12,556 7,625 6,046 8,218
Receipts for work
done for others ___ 14,332 11,835 15,089 15,318
Value of other work
done _______________ 2,802 1,520 1,818 3,468
Receipts for use of
stndio facilities _____ 1,457 1,502 4,564 5,907

• Includes cost of studio supplies, containers for films, fuel, and purchased electric. energy.
'Data cover "productive employees" only. These Include all wage earners and a part, but not ull, of
tho salaried employees. Figures are not, thnrefore, comparahlo with either tho wage-earuer figures or with
the total number of person~ engaged. .Data for oth~r years cover all classes of employees.
'Does not include data for salaried officers of corporntions.
t Combined to avoid rlisclo,ing approximations of data for individual estahlishments.
Source: Departmont of Commerce, Bureau of the Census; Biennial Oonsus report, Motion Pictures

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