Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927–1940

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:
Early Challenges to State Censors, 1927–1940

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This chapter discusses the initial challenges that were posed to state censors. In the challenge cases posed, the plaintiffs questioned the censorship statute's violation of free speech rights. In New York, they were more concerned about definitions, differences of opinion, and nuances of connotation. It is important to note that the judicial system was central to the control of movie content, both in upholding the legality of the censors and in legitimizing censorship as fair and reasonable.

Keywords: challenges; state censors; censorship statute; free speech; New York; judicial system; movie content; legality; censorship

Chapter.  9810 words. 

Subjects: Film

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