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Hot Stuff poster

Hollywood, Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code 1927-1968

Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration collection, selected from the holdings of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

This is a collection of documents, organized by film title, that offer a glimpse of the censorship efforts associated with the development and implementation of the Motion Picture Production Code.

The Code was a set of restrictive guidelines written by a Hollywood trade journal editor and a Jesuit writer.

This oversight was accepted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, (later the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association of America) due to fears that a more severe government censorship would result if the industry did nothing to quell the growing complaints of immorality in films.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Hollywood was under pressure to move away from content that could be seen by religious leaders and some of the public as salacious and sinful.

Image of poster for the 1929 film, Hot Stuff, courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences





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