Go to the Source!

We have discussed writing to the editor as a good way to spread the news about the New Deal. This is not enough, though. We must go right to source of the trouble: Hollywood! Filmmakers are not artists but business people and financiers. They want to make money, as do the owners of any business. … Continue reading Go to the Source!

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The Motion Picture Production Code with Its Revisions

During the thirty-seven years that the Code governed Hollywood in name, many amendments and revisions were made to it. I invite you to compare this version of the Code with the original, unedited version from 1930, which is in a previous entry. One may notice that this version is more specific than the original Code. … Continue reading The Motion Picture Production Code with Its Revisions

“The Original Motion Picture Production Code of 1930”

Below is a copy of the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, which is commonly and incorrectly called the Hays Code. It was written by Martin A. Quigley and Father Daniel A. Lord. This is the closest version to the original I have been able to find, but it too contains a few additions. I … Continue reading “The Original Motion Picture Production Code of 1930”

The Production Code of 1930’s Impact on America

What's wrong with the modern American cinema? Out of the top twenty films in 2015, why were twelve rated R, six rated PG-13, and not one rated G? The reason for these depressing statistics is a simple one: films are merely rated but not censored. In other words, all obscene content is allowed as long … Continue reading The Production Code of 1930’s Impact on America