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Freedom of the ScreenLegal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981$
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Laura Wittern-Keller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124513

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124513.001.0001

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Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922–1934

Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922–1934

(p.51) 3 Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922–1934
Freedom of the Screen

Laura Wittern-Keller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the push for national censorship, which persisted until the 1930s. Although major studios were willing to accept some censorship as a necessary component of doing business, they lobbied against any further governmental censorship. However, the arrival of “talking” movies did nothing to improve the situation, as Hollywood started revealing the seductiveness of the human voice, the shocking violence in gangster movies, and the veiled, sexually charged joke. This was an era when both scriptwriters and producers were restrained in topics, characterizations, and dialogue.

Keywords:   national censorship, 1930s, governmental censorship, major studios, talking movies, Hollywood, scriptwriters, producers, topics, dialogue

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