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The dame in the kimono : hollywood, censorship, and the production code
Leff, Leonard J.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [2001]

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xvii, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Welcome Will Hays! -- Welcome Mae West! -- Welcome Joe Breen! -- Dead end -- Gone with the wind -- The outlaw and The postman always rings twice -- The bicycle thief -- Detective story and A streetcar named Desire -- The moon is blue and The French line -- Lolita -- Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- Appendix, The Motion Picture Production Code.
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Central Library PN1995.62 .L4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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" The new edition of this seminal work takes the story of the Production Code and motion picture censorship into the present, including the creation of the PG-13 and NC-17 ratings in the 1990s.

Author Notes

Leonard J. Leff, professor of English at Oklahoma State University
Jerold L. Simmons, professor of history at the University of Nebraska

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
The Production Code 1922-1934
1. Welcome Will Hays!p. 3
2. Welcome Mae West!p. 18
3. Welcome Joe Breen!p. 34
The Production Code Administration 1934-1966
4. Dead Endp. 59
5. Gone With the Windp. 81
6. The Outlaw and The Postman Always Rings Twicep. 113
7. The Bicycle Thiefp. 145
8. Detective Story and A Streetcar Named Desirep. 167
9. The Moon Is Blue and The French Linep. 190
10. Lolitap. 219
11. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?p. 247
Aftermathp. 272
Appendix The Motion Picture Production Codep. 285
Notesp. 301
Selected Bibliographyp. 341
Selected Filmographyp. 349
About the Authorsp. 359
Indexp. 361

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