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Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies / Edition 1
     

Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies / Edition 1

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by Gregory D. Black
 

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ISBN-10: 0521565928

ISBN-13: 2900521565928

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Hollywood Censored examines how hundreds of films were censored and 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, moguls hired Will Hays to clear the image of movies. As movie "ezar," Hays tried a variety of ways to regulate film content

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Hollywood Censored examines how hundreds of films were censored and 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, moguls hired Will Hays to clear the image of movies. As movie "ezar," Hays tried a variety of ways to regulate film content before adopting what became known as the production code. Written in 1930 by a St. Louis priest, the code challenged the moguls' staunch belief that movies entertain, not preach morality, by stipulating that movies stress proper behavior, respect for government, and "Christian values." The Catholic Church further reinforced these efforts by launching its Legion of Decency in 1934. For the next three decades, Hays, the Production Code Administration, and the Catholic Legion of Deceney virtually controlled the content of all Hollywood films.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521565928
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1Restricting Entertainment: The Movies Censored3
2The Hays Office and a Moral Code for the Movies21
3Sex, Sex, and More Sex50
4Movies and Modern Literature84
5Beer, Blood, and Politics107
6Legions March on Hollywood149
7Sex with a Dash of Moral Compensation198
8Film Politics and Industry Policy244
9Conclusion292
Appendixes
AWorking Draft of the Lord-Quigley Code Proposal302
BFilms Condemned by the Legion of Decency309
Selected Bibliography311
Filmography321
Index327

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Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I really enjoyed this book! It was a great way to learn about Hollywood censorship. It is full of wonderful facts and it is easy to understand. I recomend this book to anyone doing a report.