Hollywood, Moral Censorship, and the Motion PictureProduction Code, 1927-1968

Hollywood, Moral Censorship, and the Motion PictureProduction Code, 1927-1968

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration Files collection documents 40 years of self-regulation andcensorship in the motion picture industry. The Production Code was written in 1929 by Martin J. Quigley, an influential editor and publisher of motionpicture trade periodicals, and Rev. Daniel A. Lord, a Jesuit advisor to Hollywood filmmakers. Officially accepted in 1930 by the Motion PictureProducers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), the precursor organization to the MPAA, the Production Code presented guidelines governingAmerican movie production. In essence, however, the Code was the template for a theological takeover of American cinema. The 500 titles selectedwere chosen by the staff of the library’s Special Collections Department, with advice from film historian Leonard J. Leff.

Original Microform Title: History of Cinema, Series 1, Hollywood and the Production Code Administration

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