The Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953–1957

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 Tide Turns against the Censors, 1953–1957

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This chapter discusses the grim outlook of the legality of film censorship in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York during the 1950s. The judges in New York, who had staunchly supported their censors for three decades, began to question the statute and its application. As the censors tried to hold on to their role as the protectors of the state's movie theater screens, the courts of their state and the nation were moving toward a more expansive interpretation of First Amendment rights of speech and press.

Keywords: legality; film censorship; New York; censors; First Amendment; expansive interpretation; rights

Chapter.  9103 words. 

Subjects: Film

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