Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Hays Code

Here's a piece from NPR on the Hays Code, forty years after a series of judicial decisions, resistance from movie studios, and changing viewer tastes dismantled it. Here's more discussion from NPR on comic books and censorship, on censorship in Bollywood, and whether the media is now imposing censorship from within. Is a uniform production code on its way back?

For more on the rise and fall of the Hays Code, try the following books.

Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 (1999).

David Hajdu, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America (2008).

Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Goes to War: How Politics, Profits, and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies (1990.

Mick Lasalle, Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood (2001).

Leonard J. Leff and Jerold L. Simmons, The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship and the Production Code (2d ed., 2001).

Sarah Smith, Children, Cinema and Censorship: From Dracula to Dead End (2005).

Mark A. Vieira, Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood (2003).

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