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Author Black, Gregory D.

Title Hollywood censored : morality codes, Catholics, and the movies / Gregory D. Black
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994


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Description x, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in the history of mass communications
Cambridge studies in the history of mass communications.
Contents 1. Restricting Entertainment: The Movies Censored --2. The Hays Office and a Moral Code for the Movies --3. Sex, Sex, and More Sex -- 4. Movies and Modern Literature -- 5. Beer, Blood, and Politics -- 6. Legions March on Hollywood -- 7. Sex with a Dash of Moral Compensation -- 8. Film Politics and Industry Policy -- 9. Conclusion -- App. A Working Draft of the Lord-Quigley Code Proposal -- App. B Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency
Summary The Catholic Church further reinforced these efforts by launching its Legion of Decency in 1934. Intended to force Hays and Hollywood to censor movies more rigorously, the Legion engineered the appointment of Joseph Breen as head of the Production Code Administration. For the next three decades, Breen, Hays, and the Catholic Legion of Decency virtually controlled the content of all Hollywood films. Becounting one of the most fascinating eras of Hollywood, Hollywood Censored is based on an extensive survey of original studio records, censorship files, and Legion archives
Hollywood Censored examines how hundreds of films - Mae West comedies, serious dramas, and films with a social message - were censored and often edited to promote a conservative political agenda during the golden era of studio production in the 1930s. After a series of sex scandals rocked the movie industry in 1922, the Hollywood moguls hired Will Hays to clean the image of movies. As movie "czar," Hays tried a variety of ways to regulate films before adopting a formal code. Written in 1930 by a St. Louis priest and a Catholic layman, the Production Code stipulated that movies stress proper behavior, respect for government, and "Christian values" - thereby challenging the moguls' staunch belief that movies entertain, not preach morality
Analysis Cinema Films (Motion pictures) Censorship History
United States
Bibliography Filmography: pages 321-326
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-319) and index
Notes Legacy 2018 UoY
Subject Catholic Church -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National Legion of Decency (U.S.)
National Legion of Decency.
Motion pictures -- Censorship -- United States -- History.
Motion pictures -- Censorship -- United States.
Motion pictures -- Moral and ethical aspects.
LC no. 93048340
ISBN 0521452996 (hardback)
0521565928 (paperback)