When you look at the beginning of movie ratings with the Hays Code, it's sad to say we may not have come so far in 80 years!
My favorite parts of the Hays Code:
- Nakedness and suggestive dances were prohibited.
- The depiction of illegal drug use was forbidden, as well as the use of liquor, when not required by the plot or for proper characterization.
- References to alleged sex perversion (such as homosexuality) and venereal disease were forbidden, as were depictions of childbirth.
Tempted to go watch banned films and see what gets government panties in a bunch? Here are some places to look for your next movie night:
Wielding the Red Pen: Films
Alternative Reel: Top 10 Banned Films of the 20th Century