Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922–1934

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:
Hollywood and the Legion of Decency, 1922–1934

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This chapter discusses the push for national censorship, which persisted until the 1930s. Although major studios were willing to accept some censorship as a necessary component of doing business, they lobbied against any further governmental censorship. However, the arrival of “talking” movies did nothing to improve the situation, as Hollywood started revealing the seductiveness of the human voice, the shocking violence in gangster movies, and the veiled, sexually charged joke. This was an era when both scriptwriters and producers were restrained in topics, characterizations, and dialogue.

Keywords: national censorship; 1930s; governmental censorship; major studios; talking movies; Hollywood; scriptwriters; producers; topics; dialogue

Chapter.  5118 words. 

Subjects: Film

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