Censorship and the Hays Office 1921

Censorship and the Hays Office 1921
Will H. Hayes (c. 1921), the postmaster general behind the crusade to save America from Hollywood. | Censorship and the Hays Office 1921

Censorship and the Hays Office 1921

The Hays Office, formerly the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, was an American organization that established a cinema moral code. Following a series of controversies involving Hollywood celebrities, film industry officials created the organization in 1922 to combat the prospect of government censorship and to promote the industry. The Hays Office, led by Will H. Hays, a politically active lawyer, established a blacklist, incorporated morals provisions into performers’ contracts, and published the Production Code in 1930, which specified what was morally acceptable on screen. In 1966, the code was replaced by a voluntary rating system.

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