Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

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

An Inter-Office memo discussing potential sub-titles and various ideas for Uncle Tom's Cabin.

An Inter-Office memo discussing potential sub-titles and various ideas for Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Summary

This collection documents forty years of self-regulation and censorship in the motion picture industry through The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration Files.

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Date Range: 1927-1968
Content: 30,899 pages
Source Library: Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA

Description

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration Files collection documents forty years of self-regulation and censorship in the motion picture industry. The Production Code was written in 1929 by Martin J. Quigley, an influential editor and publisher of motion picture trade periodicals, and Reverend Daniel A. Lord, a Jesuit advisor to Hollywood filmmakers. Officially accepted in 1930 by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), the precursor organization to the MPAA, the Production Code presented guidelines governing American movie production. In essence, however, the Code was the template for a theological takeover of American cinema. The five hundred titles selected were chosen by the staff of the library’s Special Collections Department, with advice from film historian Leonard J. Leff.

 

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