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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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Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927–1940

Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927–1940

(p.65) 4 Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927–1940
Freedom of the Screen

Laura Wittern-Keller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the initial challenges that were posed to state censors. In the challenge cases posed, the plaintiffs questioned the censorship statute's violation of free speech rights. In New York, they were more concerned about definitions, differences of opinion, and nuances of connotation. It is important to note that the judicial system was central to the control of movie content, both in upholding the legality of the censors and in legitimizing censorship as fair and reasonable.

Keywords:   challenges, state censors, censorship statute, free speech, New York, judicial system, movie content, legality, censorship

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