July 8 – Perfect Code Film Feature #8
Today’s highlighted film is Boys Town from 1938. This is the story of a priest who founds a home for wayward or potentially delinquent boys, since he thinks that reform schools don’t offer moral guidance. His single home soon develops into a whole town governed by boys, but the whole organization may be destroyed by one rebellious youth if the priest can’t reform him. This film stars Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, and Henry Hull. It was directed by Norman Taurog, produced by John W. Considine Jr, and released by MGM. This is a perfect Code film because it shows how much good one man with a selfless cause can do and how important it is for the youth to have wholesome and uplifting influences rather than corrupting ones. I like this movie because of the wonderful acting, especially between Spencer Tracy and the talented boys of many ages, led by the brilliant Mickey Rooney. My favorite thing about it is the message that Boys Town promotes decency but does not force the religion of its founder, a Catholic priest, on the boys, just like the Code did not demand Catholic morals in movies but encouraged decency.
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
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