Why I Find Myself Wistful for the Old Days of Movie Censorship

June 24, 2016

Although I believe censorship is a potential danger to the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, I find myself wistful for the bad old days of the Motion Picture Production Code of the 1930s and 1940s.

 

The Code was in response to Catholic groups that formed the Legion of Decency in 1933 because of movies like “Cleopatra” in which Claudette Colbert sat naked in a tub, “The Vamp” with half-dressed seductress Theda Bara, Mae West’s blatant personification of sex in “She Done Him Wrong,” and others.

 

Headed by Joseph Breen (1888-1965) the Code required that all films released after July 1, 1934 be subjected to the prohibition of:

 

Nudity

Illegal drugs

Profanity, including the words, God, Lord, Jesus, Christ, hell, damn

Sex between the white and black races

Ridicule of the clergy

The use of firearms

A woman selling her virtue

Rape or attempted rape

A man and woman in bed together

Lustful kissing

Sympathy for criminals

Technique of committing murder by whatever method

Theft, robbery, safe-cracking

Arson

Actual hangings or electrocutions as legal punishment for crime

 

You would think that all that censorship would cripple films, but it turns out that the opposite was true...

 

 

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