9780521565929

Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521565929

  • ISBN10:

    0521565928

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-01-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

In response to a series of sex scandals that rocked the movie industry in the early 1920s, the Production Code Administration and the Catholic Legion of Decency implemented a code stipulating that movies stress proper behavior, respect for government, and "Christian values." Based on an extensive survey of original studio records, censorship files, and the Catholic Legion of Decency archives (whose contents are published here for the first time), Hollywood Censored examines how hundreds of films were expurgated to promote a conservative political agenda during the 1930s. By taking an innovative view of how movies were made, and the conditions that made them, Hollywood Censored brings together such chapters as "Movies and Modern Literature," "Beer, Blood and Politics," and "Film Politics and Industry Policy" to form a rare look at America's most famous industry.

Author Biography

Gregory Black is Associate Professor Communication Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(2)
Restricting Entertainment: The Movies Censored
3(18)
The Hays Office and a Moral Code for the Movies
21(29)
Sex, Sex, and More Sex
50(34)
Movies and Modern Literature
84(23)
Beer, Blood, and Politics
107(42)
Legions March on Hollywood
149(49)
Sex with a Dash of Moral Compensation
198(46)
Film Politics and Industry Policy
244(48)
Conclusion
292(19)
Appendixes
A Working Draft of the Lord-Quigley Code Proposal
302(7)
B Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency
309(2)
Selected Bibliography 311(10)
Filmography 321(6)
Index 327

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