Motion Picture Daily

A daily published in New York by a separate staff from the Motion Picture Herald. It was first published in 1930 and there were approximately 8,000 issues published. If to the Film Industry the Motion Picture Herald was like Time Magazine, then the Motion Picture Daily was more

like the New York Times. In the early days, half the circulation was hand delivered each day so the people who ran the business in New York could have it on their desk each morning. This publication averaged eight pages in length and went to press at Midnight. The principal competitor of the Motion Picture Daily was the Film Daily. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were also competitors but they were much more regionally focused in Hollywood. Quigley Publishing Company was based in New York, had a major office in Hollywood, but also had offices in Washington, London and seven other locations. Interestingly Variety was originally the outdoor amusement and vaudeville publication.

Motion Picture Daily reported Industry financial, management, performance, production, distribution, exhibition, foreign and government news but the emphasis was on breaking spot news. “Box Office Check Up,” which reported on film performance was a feature from the 1930’s. A separate staff from that of the Herald reviewed all films released, with lists of cast and credits. Maurice “Red” Kann, one of the best-known and respected film journalists, was an editor for many years.