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A Look At Some Old News That Shows Changing Times

Posted on 03/05/2006 8:02:39 AM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

I've recently been going thru some old papers that my mother saved when major events happened in the country. Of course a weeks worth of them are from the week of Kennedy's assassination. I've come across 2 articles, not about the assassination, that I found very interesting, and thought I would share them. They are not long, but show the different tone of beliefs that were around then. These articles are from the Tulsa World, Nov. 22, 2963

The first one is titled: "Hollywood Curbs on Film Believed Only Temporary."

By Harold Heffernan

Is Hollywood beginning to tone down it's rowdier films?

There are continuing indications that Geoffrey Shurlock, chief of the industry's censor bureau, is paying heed to indignant protests from all parts of the country. Barely had he loosed his "anything goes" proclamation a few weeks ago before the stampede began.

At that time the guardian of movie morals indicated that, in keeping with the more modern era, film producers could now approach any subject material they desired, just so long as the treatment was in good taste. That threw the doors wide open. Fly-by-night independents moved in, licking their chops.

It became apparent in a matter of hours, however, that large and important sections of the country, including the federal government, had suddenly become aroused. Exhibitors joined in the objecting chorus.

Tell-tale signs of a somewhat tougher policy toward flagrant indecencies have been going up for the past couple of weeks, the latest in the form of a stern waring to MGM to withdraw four "in the flesh" sequences from its important feature, "The Americanization of Emily," starring Oklahoman James Garner and Julie Andrews.

Otherwise, A code seal, almost a must before any movie can gain wide domestic circulation, would not be forthcoming. The producers apparently don't think Shurlock means business; they're going to fight it down to the finish line, they declare.

Quietly, a few days ago, wholesale revisions were ordered on "The Carpetbaggers," a bawdy best-seller built around the lecherous adventures of a Hollywood tycoon. They proved so drastic that Paramount studio fought, in vain, for a reversal.

A nude shower bath sequence starring Carol (Baby Doll) Bake, sensationized in several national picture magazines, was toned down to the point where it now is a yawn rather than a pulsethrobber. At the same time, a sizzling speech by Marthat Hyer, the heroine, was expunged to save spectators from being shocked out of their seats.

No one familiar with greedy, devil-take-the- hindmost tactics in Holly wood these days, however, could be naive enough to suggest that current pious moves on the part of Shurlock's department are anything more than token appeasements.

Once the complainers settle down and get off the scent, it is almost a certainty the flood gates of filth will be flung open again.

And, considering the new and startling array of subject matter already contracted for (mostly by the fellows who man the big guns in movieland), Shurlock might be jeopardizing his job and the life of his bureau should he take a firm stand against the onrush.

Some prospects entered in the rekindled sex wave may bring you to the full realization that movies have not only grown up, but they have grown out of hand.

Consider these: A remake of the 25-year-old German stag-type "Ecstasy," which sent a nude-bathing teenager named Heddy Lamarr scurrying to Hollywood on the next boat; a couple of pioneer sex classics, "Lady Chatterleys's Lover" and "Tropic of Cancer," both in and out of the courts and on and off the book shelves; and "A House is Not a Home," the best-selling biography of Polly Adler, the world's most famous "madam."

So, don't get any false notions that the lid is on i Hollywood. The trend is slowing down until the boys can get their second wind. The, unless all signs fail, they'll be living more dangerously than ever.

The second article from the same paper, I found interesting is titled: "PTA Opposes Federal Aid"

The Oklahoma Congress of Parent-Teacher Associations was on record today favoring increased local financial support for schools.

Delegates to the organizations state convention voted 446-68 for increased local support and 429-80 for increased state aid. They also voted 311-210 against increased federal aid.

To determine methods of increasing state aid, the delegates voted 450-54 for equalization of local property tax assessments, but voted 276-218 against reduction of abolition of the homestead exemption.

I hope you all find these as interesting as I did:)

TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hollywood; pta
I read these articles over a week ago, but they've been itching in my head to be posted so here they are FWIW.


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