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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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The Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953–1957

The Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953–1957

(p.175) 8 The Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953–1957
Freedom of the Screen

Laura Wittern-Keller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the grim outlook of the legality of film censorship in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York during the 1950s. The judges in New York, who had staunchly supported their censors for three decades, began to question the statute and its application. As the censors tried to hold on to their role as the protectors of the state's movie theater screens, the courts of their state and the nation were moving toward a more expansive interpretation of First Amendment rights of speech and press.

Keywords:   legality, film censorship, New York, censors, First Amendment, expansive interpretation, rights

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