This chapter investigates a struggle within the National Council’s Broadcasting and Film Commission as the agency became attuned to Hollywood’s new freedoms and industrial structure. Two conflicting outlooks existed. A group centered in the Hollywood office wanted to imitate the Catholic approach by consulting with film producers and then promoting these Protestant-themed films with churchgoers. Others allied with the main office in New York would not be content with protecting the Protestant image in the media and rejected anything that smacked of censorial design. They advanced initiatives to address the industry’s new freedoms, challenges, and responsibilities, with the central issue being how to support free speech and still advocate appropriate restraints on film content. This state of affairs shaped the agenda for the Council’s next major initiative.
Keywords: Broadcasting and Film Commission; film producers; churchgoers; censorship; free speech; film content
Chapter. 6400 words.
Subjects: Religious Studies
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