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Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS)

Selected reference works, electronic resources, and Web sites concerning film history, theory, and criticism.

Major Film Periodicals for Media Research: Introduction

This microfilm collection includes the complete run of The Film Daily, a major film industry publication, and its predecessors (Wid's Film and Film FolkWid's Independent Review of Feature Films, and Wid's Daily) from 1915 to 1970. It also includes a complete run of The Film Daily Year Book from the same period.

Film Daily provided up-to-the-minute trade news, details of film releases, films in production, films made and not released, changes in studio ownership and management, analysis of financial trends and how they affected the film industry, and other news pertinent to the business of filmmaking.

Film Daily also provided news of interest to film exhibitors. Every issue of the newspaper included news and reviews of newly-released films; box office revenues; changes in theater chain ownership and management; and news of developments in sound, color, and presentation.

Information on censorship struggles was also provided by coverage of the activities of the Hays Film Office, the Catholic League of Decency, the Dies Committee, and other censorship organizations.

Also included in the coverage is news of actors and directors, producers and composers, cinematographers and set designers, and other cast and crew. Special reports from theaters in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, St. Louis, and San Antonio provide extended and detailed views of theatergoing in those cities.

Film Daily also reviewed films, analyzing the commercial prospects of each film in consideration. These reviews are indexed annually in the Film Daily Year Books. The Year Books provide a "snapshot" of the movie industry in any given year, summarizing the important developments and news of the past year.

Film Daily is not indexed, but this online guide provides the dates of coverage for each microfilm reel.

Series Two: Film Daily Yearbook and Predecessors, 1918-1969

Reel 1, 1918-1924

Wid's Yearbook, 1918
Wid's Yearbook, 1919-1920
Wid's Yearbook, 1920-1921
Wid's Yearbook, 1922
Film Year Book, 1922-1923
Film Year Book, 1924

Reel 2, 1925-1927

Film Year Book, 1925
Film Year Book, 1926
Film Year Book, 1927

Reel 3, 1928-1930

The Film Daily 1928 Year Book
The Film Daily 1929 Year Book
The Film Daily 1930 Year Book

Reel 4, 1931-1933

The 1931 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1932 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1933 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 5, 1934-1935

The 1934 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1935 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 6, 1936-1937

The 1936 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1937 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 7, 1938-1939

The 1938 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1939 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 8, 1940-1942

The 1940 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1941 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1942 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 9, 1943-1945

The 1943 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1944 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1945 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 10, 1946-1948

The 1946 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1947 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1948 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 11, 1949-1950

The 1949 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1950 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 12, 1951-1953

The 1951 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1952 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1953 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures  

Reel 13, 1954-1955

The 1954 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1955 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 14, 1956-1957

The 1956 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1957 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 15, 1958-1960

The 1958 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1959 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1960 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 16, 1961-1963

The 1961 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1962 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1963 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures  

Reel 17, 1964-1966

The 1964 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures 
The 1965 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1966 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

Reel 18, 1967-1969

The 1967 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1968 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
The 1969 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures