The Courts Provide No Relief, 1909–1927

Laura Wittern-Keller

in Freedom of the Screen

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124513
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134901 | DOI:
The Courts Provide No Relief, 1909–1927

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This chapter discusses the role of the courts in preventing the removal of film censorship and the individuals who challenged this early on. It was in Chicago when the movie censorship law was first challenged in court. Despite arguing that the types of obscenity banned by the courts were not clearly stated, it was effectively countered by Chief Justice James H. Cartwright's judicial philosophy, which stated that the definitions and standards of obscenity were not necessary. This statement prevailed in the courts for 44 years.

Keywords: courts; film censorship; movie censorship; Chicago; obscenity; James H. Cartwright; judicial philosophy; standards; definitions

Chapter.  5002 words. 

Subjects: Film

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