Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood


New documentary detailing the effect of the Hays Code on Hollywood, a precursor to the MPAA Ratings Board that exists today.

Enlightening for those not in the know, like me. It was amazing how directors like Busby Berkeley worked their way around the rules. Also, I’m surprised how respected actresses like Norma Shearer and Barbara Stanwyck were turned into complete tarty, slutty whores. Well, perhaps tarty, slutty whores for the 1930’s.

Viewed this on TCM, but it’s also available on the recent DVD release of Night Nurse, featuring that tramp Barbara Stanwyck.


Posted on March 21, 2008, in Film log and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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