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Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

Abstract

The Motion Picture Production Code controlled the content and final cut on all films made and distributed in the US from 1934 to 1968. Code officials protected sensitive ears from the standard four-letter words as well as a few five-letter words like tramp and six-letter words like cripes. They also scrubbed ‘excessively lustful’ kissing from the screen, and ensured that no criminal went unpunished. Censors demanded an average of twenty changes, ranging from trivial to mind-boggling, on each of Alfred Hitchcock’s films during his most productive years. No production escaped these changes, whic ... More

Keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, censorship, Motion Picture Production Code, film sex, movie violence, forbidden words, directorial priorities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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John Billheimer, author

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