Here’s an interesting handbill. Dated July 11 (1941), it advertises the support of the color film processors’ union for the Disney strikers.
Caricatured below is Walt, hiding behind Willie Bioff. The company hired Bioff to represent the company during arbitration (i.e. settling the thing once and for all). However, Bioff was a racketeer, a blackmailer, and had ties with the mob… but more on him later.
Last night the internation[al] association of machinists local #1185 voted unanimously to respect the picket lines of screen cartoonists local #852.
This morning a committee representing machinists local #1185, screen office employees guild and screen cartoonists informed Technicolor officials that unless Technicolor refused to handle the Disney product, a cartoon picket line would surround the plant. This would keep the machinists, vital to the Technicolor process, and all office employees out of the plant, effectively stopping all work!
Technicolor executives had no recourse but to notify Disney that they could not process Disney film under this circumstance!!
In this, the final installment of snippets from the June 20, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Daily, I had to composite some various images together to doctor a complete caricature of Walt and Frank Churchill. Enjoy this glimpse at Walt Disney, musician Frank Churchill and Jack King, and I’ll see you out West!
Now, here are some people who worked especially closely with Walt: Carolyn Shafer knows Mickey a little too personally, Dick Lundy is a jack of all trades, and Wilfred Jackson is staying out of trouble.
Almost at the end now, folks! But first – Bill Garity is an ethnic stereotype, Earl Duvall plays dirty politics, and Emil Flohri belongs in a museum!
Here in the continued auto-bios of the Disney staffers, Bert Lewis lists his creds, Floy Gottfredson touts his own good looks, and Burt Gillett name-drops.
Next up in the cavalcade of 1931 Disney staffers:
Tom Palmer can’t pronounce “black sheep”; Bill Cottrell fled for his freedom; and Rudy Zamora s your drug pusher.
Next up from Motion Picture Daily: Jack Cutting recognizes his nanny, Norm Ferguson pays homage to his New York roots, and Ben Sharpsteen shrugs his way through success.