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Do not be fooled. America is NOT a free country.

 

The 1945 film Mom and Dad faced hundreds of legal challenges. This film was NOT approved by the Hays Code. However, it went on to become the third highest grossing film of the 1940s.

 

The 1947 film Fireworks was also challenged. Kenneth Anger was arrested on obscenity charges following the release of Fireworks. The case went to the California Supreme Court, which declared the film to be art.

 

Several other films were also challenged for "obscenity". Let's discuss them! ^ _ ^

 

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To paraphrase old saying "obscenity is in the eyes of the beholder". You got to remember that right up to the 1960's most states and many cities had their own censor boards to rule on movies and could require cuts or even have them banned in their state or community. In many cases, these boards were political appointees and they just followed the "party line" and most took a very conservative view of sex, language and violence back then.

 

Church groups were very powerful in those days too when it came to so called "obscene" films. One of the strongest was Legion of Decency which was part of the catholic church. (I'm not catholic-bashing here folks, just recalling history) Studio heads would be shaking in their shoes just at the thought of having 50 million catholics forbidden to attend one of their films. I remember when I was a little kid in the '50's a film called THE MOON IS BLUE was banned and catholics where not only forbidden to see it, but also forbidden from seeing any film playing at those theatres for six months. My parents refused to take me to a Disney film, a few weeks later, because it was playing at that theatre. What was so bad about the film? One of the female characters was referred to as a "virgin". At least, that's what I've been told, but I neve rdid get to see it.

 

Always struck me funny that despite all the effort to ban "dirty" films, real porn was being shown in the back room of lodges and firehouses, at all male "smokers", to raise money for charity and the censors always turned a blind eye to that.

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>The other "word" used in THE MOON IS BLUE was "pregnant". Virgin and pregnant...surely words that can contaminate the mind and cause people to leave the church, and begin lives of debauchery!

 

LOL. Radical conservatives are really silly.

 

From 1933 - 1980, the National Legion of Decency was very influential.

 

The National Legion of Decency is now known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

 

Official site:

http://www.usccb.org/

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I hesitate to mention this, but there is a scene from the movie The Day of The Locust where the young male lead, Tod, shows more than is intended when he is in his boxer shorts...I'm not sure if I am imagining this or not, but I've been a big fan of boxers for men ever since.

 

Somewhat related, I always take time to raise a toast to Louise Poirier, inventor of the Wonder Bra!

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