Central Motion Picture Exchange of the Motion Picture Export Association Inc. stock certificate
Issued to the Motion Picture Export Association Inc. (MPEA)
The Motion Pictures Producers and Distributors of America created the Motion Picture Export Association Inc. on June 5, 1945, which allowed 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal, Loews, Paramount, RKO, Warner Brothers and United Artists to set trade agreements for films and divide the motion picture markets, according to the book, Projecting America by Sarah Nilsen.
This company was very important in the fact that it was the major distributor of motion pictures to Japan after World War II. A significant history of the company was written up in the book, Local Consequences of the Global Cold War with the chapter called Exhibition and Entertainment: Hollywood and the American Reconstruction of Defeated Japan by Hiroshi Kitamuri.
It was due to the results of the MPEA that allowed for the re-distribution of Laurel & Hardy movies to Europe in 1946, including Germany and Italy. The MPEA acted as distributor of such films as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Egg & I, and Calcutta to Germany during 1947 and 1948.
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