Censorship of Motion Pictures

Archive Report

Puplic Concern Over Morals of the Movies

The affair of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, following by only a few months the premarital vagabonding of Rita Hayworth with Aly Khan and the jailing of actor Robert Mitchum on narcotic charges, has provoked demands that the motion picture industry either clean house voluntarily or be subjected to federal regulation. The content of film dramas is governed by a self-imposed production code, but motion picture companies profess reluctance to interfere with the private lives of screen personalities by requiring conformance to a code of personal behavior. Critics of the industry express concern over the influence on public morals of scan-dais involving movie stars and the exploitation of those scandals to bring business to ...

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