FOLLOWING the eventful breakfast,
developments came fast. Samuel Marx carried the idea to Louis B.
Mayer, M-G-M studio head. Other studio executives were called into
session, and the enthusiasm was unanimous. There was just one stumbling
block. It was realized at once that such a picture could not be
filmed in its proper scope without cooperation from government,
military and scientific leaders who formed an integral part of the
Marx was dispatched immediately
to Oak Ridge, accompanied by Owen. They were met at their plane
by Dr. Tompkins, who greeted them with, "I'm glad you're here.
I hope M-G-M wiII want to make this picture because we scientists
are frightened to death!".
The visitors from Hollywood were
fingerprinted, photographed and questioned. From a meeting of scientists,
they were given an outline of the exciting events leading up to
the atomic discovery. They went from one key figure to another.
Each gave his personal approval of the film, but declared that official
approval should come from someone in higher authority.
The same was true in Washington, D. C.
where they went next. Major General Leslie R. Groves and Brigadier
General Thomas Farrell recounted the higher phases of the project's
military side. But, authority for such a picture still had to come
from higher up.
Finally, they reached
the President of the United States!.