The First Amendment and the Code

When post people think about the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, they think about censorship which violates the First Amendment. I want to disprove the idea that supporters of the Code do not support the First Amendment and the free speech it guarantees. The First Amendment guarantees protection against government restriction of speech, press, … Continue reading The First Amendment and the Code

Christmas in Tinseltown, Courtesy of Mr. Breen!

Christmas is a time for memories, traditions, and old-fashioned celebrations. For many of us, it is both a tradition and a memory to celebrate the holiday season with old holiday movies. Some of these are widely remembered and beloved; you can find them in many stores in special collections or individually this time of year. … Continue reading Christmas in Tinseltown, Courtesy of Mr. Breen!

Petition to Bring Back the Code in Hollywood!

PEPS has begun an online petition to bring the Code back to Hollywood. Our goal is to collect 1000 signatures and present them to the ten major motion picture production studios as proof of the public's desire for an Old Deal. We will also collect signatures with a physical petition. We have begun with this … Continue reading Petition to Bring Back the Code in Hollywood!

The End of the Code – November 1, 1968

Forty-eight years ago today the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 was officially replaced with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system. Geoffrey Shurlock had retired the same year as head of the Production Code Administration. This officially marked the end of censorship in Hollywood. Since then, films can feature any content as … Continue reading The End of the Code – November 1, 1968