WHAT SHOCKED THE CENSORS! A COMPLETE RECORD OF CUTS IN MOTION PICTURE FILMS ORDERED BY THE NEW YORK STATE CENSORS FROM JANUARY, 1932 TO MARCH, 1933 [cover title]. New York: The National Council on Freedom from Censorship (Organized by the American Civil Liberties Union), September 1933. Octavo, pp.  2-98, original orange wrappers printed in black. First edition. Pre-Production Code motion pictures, domestic and foreign, were subject to city and state censorship ordinances nearly as old as the movie industry itself. In New York a state office tasked with reviewing and censoring films operated between 1921 and 1965. New York was selected from six states with motion picture censors because "it is among the most thoroughgoing, and yet is typical of the others." During the period under consideration here, the state of New York examined 903 films (6533 reels) of which 335 films were censored (and of these 13 films and 97 reels were rejected). A fascinating chronicle of what didn't make it to the silver screen (here in New York anyway). Crime and fantasy films are covered. Here is the report on KING KONG: "REEL 8. -- Eliminate all views of monster holding girl as he tears clothing from her body. REEL 9. -- Eliminate all views of monster with natives in his mouth as he tears them apart. Eliminate all views of monster crushing natives with foot. REEL 10. -- Eliminate all views of monster biting man whom he holds in his mouth." Paper covers soiled and dusty, internally very good. (#155741).
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