Dorothy Arzner

Frank Capra elected president. The Guild presents first Honorary Life Membership Award to D.W. Griffith. Dorothy Arzner is the first woman director to join the Guild. Guild goes to the National Labor Relations Board to force producers to recognize the Guild as the bargaining agent for Directors.

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