Sin and Censorship by Frank Walsh
The Catholic Church and the Motion Picture Industry

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During World War I, the Catholic church blocked the distribution of government-sponsored V.D. prevention films, initiating an era of attempts by the church to censor the movie industry. This book is an entertaining and engrossing account of those efforts-how they evolved, what effect they had on the movie industry, and why they were eventually abandoned.

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Frank Walsh is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Published March 27, 1996 by Yale University Press. 424 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Walsh has a tendency to see the Catholic Church as a monolithic and institutionally static entity during the decades in question, although he quite ably documents Catholic demographic changes that led to the Legion's demise in the 1960s.

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Using its power to have the film pulled, the Church (after much internecine debate) formed the Legion of Decency in 1934, which inveighed against everything from Duck Soup to Mae West.

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